Varisty President Bobby Bellini and Boomer Esiason are childhood friends—attending East Islip high school, and playing Little League baseball and high school baseball together. When Boomer was an NFL quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, his son Gunnar was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. He immediately started the Boomer Esiason Foundation, dedicated to finding the best treatments and hopefully a cure for cystic fibrosis.
When Boomer returned to become the New York Jets quarterback in 1994, he held his first annual “Booming Celebration”, his flagship annual fundraiser for The Foundation. It was held at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip and attended by mostly his childhood friends and former teammates. The Foundation raised $15,000 that night. This annual flagship fundraising event raises approximately $2.5 million in one evening. Boomer’s Foundation has since gone on to raise 150+ million dollars to help those afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis and their families in countless ways.
This photograph was taken at the latest annual Blooming Celebration held at the Museum of Natural History in New York City on Saturday, March 11th. Varsity has been a proud donor and supporter of the Boomer Esiason Foundation since 1994 and remains very proud to do so. Varsity is blessed to share our success by helping the Foundation in any way that we can throughout the years.
Bobby Bellini is former minor league baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles:
“I also help out by playing in many annual celebrity charity softball games to benefit the Foundation.”