From the St. Pete Times -
For the 17th consecutive year, the Steinbrenner family has staged its annual Christmas Holiday Concerts. More than 2,000 students from Pinellas County public schools heard the orchestra play holiday songs Wednesday. Last week, an equal number of Hillsborough students came to a show at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Equally important to Steinbrenner is the reaction of the students. He got a standing ovation on Wednesday and reveled over how the kids were active participants, singing carols and clapping along with the percussion section.
At the end of the concert, the kids received an Adidas Yankees bag with 10 gifts, including a T-shirt and cap.
Philanthropy is a Steinbrenner trademark, and many of his acts of goodwill go unpublicized. The Boss said his motivation is rooted in benevolence.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be successful, and I want to pass it on,” Steinbrenner said. “I don’t want to die with all this money. I want to give to the people.
“I don’t want to be the richest man in the cemetery.”
Wow. Christmas spirit sans Anna Benson’s blouse puppies. It can happen!
More importantly, it’s G.S.’s line of “I don’t want to die with all this money” that hits me. I believe it. I just hope that when his son-in-law is in charge that we continue to see that spirit.