"We started something new this year," said Gilbert. "We're now helping widows of scouts who have passed away. A lot of them have little or no life insurance at all, and some of the widows were in jeopardy of losing their homes, and some of them barely had enough money to bury their husbands.
"We're getting involved with them and taking it upon ourselves to aid the survivors of the scouts. We have over 30 claims that we have taken care of over the last few years. We are helping senior scouts, who are just getting by, to live with dignity and stay in their home or apartment they live in, make sure they have food on the table and they can drive the car that they were driving. These are tough times, and I'm glad we are here to help them, and there are people out there supporting our efforts."
"The scouts are the lowest-paid people in baseball," said King, who has taken part in every one of the dinners. "Dennis has taken it upon himself, through the foundation, to make sure these people are remembered. Dennis has a thriving insurance business, but he lives and breathes baseball, and I'm proud to be involved in this dinner again."
The foundation has also received a great deal of support from Major League Baseball. Owners, general managers and executives in the game fly from around the country to attend the dinner and memorabilia auction that coincides with the event.
"Every single team in baseball is participating," said Gilbert. "The Dodgers and Angels, who are our local teams here in Los Angeles, have always supported us, not only with money, but they also buy up tables at the dinner and have a large number of their staff attend. All the teams come out to help, and I can't say enough good things about them."
One major supporter of the foundation is Commissioner Bud Selig, who will attend the dinner for the third consecutive time this year.
"It proves that Bud Selig is a true baseball person," said Gilbert. "Everything about baseball you see Bud standing behind, and when it comes to helping the scouts, he says, 'Just tell me what you want me to do, I'm happy to help out, happy to do it,' and he's done everything he said he would do, so we are extremely pleased to have Bud as part of the program."
For Information about this year's event, contact Tarlov Associates, Inc. at (310) 996-1188 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the foundation's Web site www.pbsfonline.com.