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There were applause, fist bumps, and big smiles at Citi Field as Mr. and Mrs. Met stood beside team president Sandy Alderson to celebrate and prop up Asian-owned small businesses in the city. CBS2's Vanessa Murdock reports.
MAURICE DUBOIS: The Mets' bats might be running a little cold, but off the field, they hit one out of the park today.
KRISTINE JOHNSON: Yeah, it was a show of support for small businesses in recognition of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. CBS 2's Vanessa Murdock reports.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Applause, fist bumps, and big smiles at Citi Field today, as Mr. and Mrs. Met stood beside president of the Mets Sandy Alderson to celebrate and prop up Asian-owned small businesses in the city.
SANDY ALDERSON: We hope that the grants that you receive today from Fiserv will help you as you have weathered the pandemic and now position yourselves for reopening.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Fiserv, a powerful partner of the Mets, granted 10 businesses $10,000 each. Recipients also got handed customized jerseys and four tickets to a game. One of them, Coffee Project in Long Island City, a retail shop, a roastery, and an academy.
CHI SUM NGAI: It was pretty scary.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Founder Chi Sum Ngai says they took it day by day during the worst of the pandemic. Now, more than a year later--
CHI SUM NGAI: We still have the entire team, even more people, more locations. When this money came in, I'm like, oh, it's time for us to, like, really put in the thought. How can we make workspaces more efficient, better for everyone?
VANESSA MURDOCK: Chef and owner of 886 in the East Village, Eric Sze tells us early in the pandemic, 886, along with other restaurants, donated 13,000 bento boxes to frontline workers. Getting $10,000 today means more content for Instagram, the only place he markets his Taiwanese restaurant.
ERIC SZE: You've got to pay somebody if you want to have something that's more sustainable, and a little bit more elegant and more refined.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Jeremiah Stone, owner of Contra on the Lower East Side--
JEREMIAH STONE: It's really nice to be recognized and to understand kind of like a separate set of struggles that we go through.
CHI SUM NGAI: This money is extremely important for us to tell you, hey, like, we're a part of this.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Chi Sum Ngai says these businesses want to build community and make space for everyone, all year round. From Citi Field, Vanessa Murdock, CBS 2 News.
MAURICE DUBOIS: Every little bit really does help, right?
KRISTINE JOHNSON: Yes, it does.
MAURICE DUBOIS: Nice.