Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa's Dinner of Champions by Admin Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa and Steak 44 Hold Dinner of ChampionsAn exciting evening that benefited Animal Rescue FoundationSponsored by AT&T, Dinner of Champions took place March 22 to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a national leader in animal welfare. "People Rescuing Animals… Animals Rescuing People" isn't a charity tag line, it is the work performed each day, with a special emphasis on matching Veterans with PTS with emotional support dogs. Best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals and now more recently as the Chief Baseball Analyst and Advisor for the Arizona Diamondbacks, La Russa is excited to kick the 2017 season off with this important fundraiser. “We are thrilled to team up with Jeff and Mike Mastro to put on this remarkable event at one of the best restaurants in Phoenix,” said Tony La Russa. “They have given us a remarkable opportunity to raise much needed funds for ARF." The foundation saves dogs and cats that have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each other's lives. ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for nine years, an assurance to donors of careful stewardship with 87 cents of every dollar going to programs. Only 1 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations.Guests feasted on five-star cuisine and a complimentary hosted bar at Steak 44, while enjoying a candid La Russa with top MLB celebrities and NFL friends and coaches. Attendees included Mark McGwire, Jerry Colangelo, Albert Pujols, Bruce Arians, Bob Melvin, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Luis Gonzalez, Robin Yount, Steve Keim and many others!About ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)ARF saves the lives of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them loving care and another chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF’s innovative People Connect programs strengthen the human-animal bond for children, the elderly, and other people in need. Through ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of “People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People…”® Visit ARF online at www.arflife.org.About Steak 44:Steak 44, located in Phoenix on 44th Street at Camelback, opened to stellar reviews in April of 2014 and is the latest steakhouse masterpiece by Dennis, Michael and Jeff Mastro, along with partner Scott Troilo, who also own the popular Dominick’s Steakhouse in the Scottsdale Quarter. Housed in an 8,400 square foot landmark, Steak 44 is an upscale urban oasis that boasts a vibrant bar, glass expo kitchen, intimate dining suites and many dining rooms featuring unique architectural detail, truly something for everyone to call their new favorite restaurant and hangout. Steak 44’s menu offers a twist on the classic steakhouse menu while reinforcing the idea of a new American steakhouse. Guests can enjoy several options of the best in prime steaks and chops in various portion sizes, along with an array of fresh seafood flown in daily, and a large assortment of chef inspired side dishes and appetizers. Steak 44 is located at 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix.Visit www.steak44.com or call (602) 271-4400 for more information.