Los Angeles Dodgers' Shane Victorino, left, newly acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies, talks with teammate Matt Treanor in the dugout during a break against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Victorino's wife, Melissa, attended a charity event in Atlantic City on Friday, thanking a group for their support of the Shane Victorino Foundation, a charity that helps underpriviledged children. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

What was a planned appreciation lunch Wednesday for women supporters of the Shane Victorino Foundation turned into a tearful goodbye to the region by the recently traded Phillies player’s wife as she thanked those in attendance for supporting the charity that helps underprivileged children.

Melissa Victorino tearfully told the room at the Wolfgang Puck American Grille at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City that the charity will still honor its commitments to the region, but it will need to regroup after Shane Victorino was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week.

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“There are a lot of pledges that we will still fulfill,” she said.

The luncheon was co-hosted by Atlantic City Alliance director Liza Cartmell, who told the room that the charity’s mission was one close to her heart.

Victorino, 31, a two-time all-star center fielder, was traded Tuesday in exchange for a relief pitcher and a minor-league player. He helped the Phillies win five straight National League East Division titles and the 2008 World Series.


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