Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said he was happy to reunite with so many fellow athletes, but he had to find ways to stay calm.
"Hockey players are good golf players, but I don't fall into that category," Daneyko said. "I can't get my frustrations out. I could slam somebody up against the boards or something. Here, what do I do, break a club? I try to keep an even-keel."
That was good news for the team of donors he played with. There were 12 teams, each featuring one of the star guests. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Yogi Berra, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Lee Mazzilli were just a few of the stars on hand. After completing the $15,000 game, the guests enjoyed a reception where memorabilia was auctioned off.
Torre didn't do the math, but he said the funds raised will all be used by this time next year.
"We pretty much spend everything that we make at these events getting involved in schools. It costs over $100,000 a year," Torre said. "It's been 10 years, and especially in the climate that came on us in 2008, it's tough to raise money."
Generous donors showed up in droves, thanks in part to some repeat performances from stars like Giuliani and Berra. Giuliani said the need to make people aware of domestic violence is too strong to ignore. With domestic violence spiking in urban areas, organizations like Safe at Home are in the middle of the fray.
"Joe and [his wife] Ali started this a number of years ago to recognize something that wasn't getting enough recognition," Giuliani said. "We need [places] where a woman and a child can go and be safe. ... Joe has given them options because of his background."
The group creates safe spaces for thousands of kids named "Margaret's Place" in honor of Torre's mother. The safe spaces are located inside of schools and feature peer advisors, as well as master's-level counselors, who can help students.
"I grew up in an environment where my dad abused my mom. I never got physically abused, but I was ashamed," Torre said. "I felt like I was the only one and that I couldn't share with anyone. I felt like I was responsible and like I was the only one in the neighborhood that was experiencing these things."
Raising money is one thing, but the event's use as an awareness tool is one of Torre's goals.