Updated 07/15/2010 01:05 PM
Private Funeral Ceremony Set For Steinbrenner
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A funeral will be held this weekend for Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who died earlier this week after suffering a heart attack.
The Steinbrenner Family says a private ceremony will most likely be held Saturday near his home in Tampa, Florida.
Public memorials are expected to be held in Tampa later this month.
Team tributes are also in the works, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is already discussing official city honors for the man he calls "the ultimate New Yorker."
"People respected him. He was tough, he was smart, he was charismatic, he was comfortable saying what he believed,” said the mayor. “He was a typical New Yorker and we were very lucky to have him."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to some of Steinbrenner's favorite charities.
One of those charities, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, was especially personal to Steinbrenner. He was instrumental in having a new facility constructed for the organization in 2005.
Representatives from the organization said they felt honored that the Steinbrenner Family remembered them, even during this difficult time.
"Of course it made us really happy that the Steinbrenner Family remembered us at this particular time," said Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay President Bradley Baumgardner. "You know, it still saddens us with what happened but we're happy that they're willing to support us. . . We can't thank them enough. We can't thank the Steinbrenner's enough."
Meanwhile, baseball fans from across the nation are paying tribute to Steinbrenner.
Flags have been flying at half-staff at the Yankee spring training facility named in his honor. Tampa residents have been flocking to Steinbrenner Field to pay their respects to a man who made many contributions to the area.
"All of us, in some form or fashion, have benefited by his monies,” said one Tampa resident. “So that's why I'm here to say thank you. I felt compelled [to lay flowers here], absolutely."
"I mean the man just wanted to win championships, and after I heard of all the stuff he done on the news yesterday, about him getting an emergency room and his grandson had a field and they got the quick dry for them like that, I sort of knew he was that type of person, but like anyone who's competitive,” added another.
A Florida IHOP where Steinbrenner was known to visit is also honoring his legacy, with a sign that reads "George, Thanks for the Memories."
In lieu of flowers, the Steinbrenner family requests that donations be made in George Steinbrenner's honor to any of the following charities:
The Silver Shield Foundation
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 307
New York, NY 10017
Special Operation Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 13483
Tampa, FL 33681-3483
The Gold Shield Foundation of Tampa
P.O. Box 271791
Tampa, FL 33688-1791
Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
1307 North MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
In support of Bronx-based Boys and Girls Clubs:
Boys and Girls Club of America (Northeast)
5 Hanover Square, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004-2657