At the recent 2012 Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $61,000 donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.
“Because of the proximity to Yankee Stadium [to the Henry facility] many of the Henry Repeating Arms staff are great fans of the accomplishments of Roger Maris,” said Imperato. “We are proud to produce this special tribute to honor his achievement and to recognize him as the great gentleman and sportsman that he was. We are also delighted that this special edition Golden Boy will support the Roger Maris Cancer Center.”
An active participant in the tournament auction since 2006, Henry Repeating Arms auctioned 50 limited edition rifles last year in honor of the 50th anniversary of Maris breaking Babe Ruth's record with 61 home runs in 1961. The special auction raised $43,000, and the company contributed an additional $18,000 for a $61,000 gift.
“Henry Repeating Arms has been a great supporter of the Roger Maris Tournament for the past number of years,” said Jerry Rostad, auction chairman. “Their beautiful rifles have consistently been the marquee items at the auction and they always bring top dollar to the tournament's charities.”
In 1985, Roger Maris died of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue.