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NFL's Victor Cruz Among Recipients of Bennett Custom Awards


Victor Cruz, the Pro-Bowl wide receiver for the National Football League’s New York Giants, was one of the recipients of a pair of custom Bennett recognition awards that were recently presented by New York’s Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA). RIPA commissioned Bennett Awards to create these custom achievement trophies to honor Cruz and Stacy Bash-Polley, a Partner with Goldman Sachs, for their collaborative efforts with the organization to raise awareness about the importance of active and healthy lifestyles for children.

Cruz, the New York Giants franchise record holder for single season receiving yards, was recognized for his work in advancing the health and well-being of children, with a particularly strong focus on reducing rates of childhood obesity by inspiring and educating children to improve their nutrition and physical activity with supportive programs both inside and outside of school. Bash-Polly, a driving force in the financial industry and highly respected member of the business community, was honored for her philanthropic efforts to advance the well being of children and career paths of young women. 

For these recognition awards, Bennett Awards created a new, unique custom award design that consisted of a crystal pillar with a custom 3D image of a wide receiver embedded in the inside. The base of these unique trophies was engraved with the honoree name, organization name, event name, and the date of presentation. 

Cruz and Bash-Polly received their achievement trophies at the RIPA Fielding Dreams Gala, held March 12, 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Cruz received his award from NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, while Bash-Polly received her award from Goldman Sachs CFO Harvey Schwartz. 

The RIPA Fielding Dreams Gala celebrates and raises crucial funds for Randall’s Island Park, New York City’s only comprehensive athletic and recreational complex, with 480 acres available for sports, recreation and environmental exploration. The funds raised at the Gala also allow RIPA to provide free community and children’s programs, Park stewardship, and restoration. More information on RIPA can be found at their website: