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Turn 2 Holiday Express 2007

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The Turn 2 Foundation hosted its annual Holiday Express in December, benefiting over 1,000 children in the Turn 2 Signature Programs in West Michigan, New York and Tampa. The Turn 2 Holiday Express is one of the activities created by the Foundation to reward children involved in Turn 2's programs that demonstrate positive behavior, academic excellence and leadership qualities in school and their communities.

To kick-off the holiday season, on December 6, the New York Jeter's Leaders met at Yankee Stadium to assemble Turn 2/New York Yankee gift bags for Turn 2's youth. The Jeter's Leaders created a giant assembly line to fill Yankee backpacks with stuffed animals, school supplies, snacks, Yankees gear and many more surprises donated by generous sponsors and supporters of the Turn 2 Foundation. After every backpack was filled and packaged, the Leaders made sure the gifts were on their way to the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, the Douglass Community Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan and St. Peter's Claver Catholic School in Tampa, Florida. After all of their hard work, the Jeter's Leaders were rewarded with a holiday party for their efforts that evening and throughout the first few months of their program year. Also in attendance, lending their support, were students from Queen of Peace High School who are the recipients of Turn 2's Derek Jeter/Sonny Connors Scholarship.

The first stop of the Turn 2 Holiday Express was in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 14th. Over 300 children from the West Michigan Signature Programs, including Turn 2's Proud to Be Me Program, Youth in Action, TRAM-Three Rivers Area Mentoring, and the Turn 2 Baseball Clinics, gathered at the Douglass Community Association for the holiday event. After being welcomed with a special 'red carpet' entrance, the children enjoyed a festive party with a carnival theme. Activities included games, prizes, crafts, dancing, and dinner. With the support of local Turn 2 sponsors, Harding's Friendly Market & Pepsi Co., and the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders hosting the event, the 2007 Holiday Express was off to a great start! At the end of the fun-filled evening, the children were surprised with an appearance by Derek and Santa. Derek spoke to the entire group and handed each child in attendance a Turn 2/Yankee's gift bag.

On December 20th, Derek and the Turn 2 Foundation continued the Holiday Express in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. Turn 2 and the New York Yankees partnered with Clearview Cinemas, Avon and Movado, hosting over 500 children from Turn 2's New York City programs, including four Turn 2 After School programs and two school-based Turn 2 Us/Healthy Lifestyles programs in Washington Heights. As the children arrived at the theater they also walked a 'red carpet' and posed for pictures for the 'paparazzi' who all were eagerly awaiting their arrival. Afterwards, the children were excited to hear they would be watching a private screening of the unreleased movie, "The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep". When the movie ended, Derek and Santa made another surprise appearance. They spoke with the children and handed out Turn 2/Yankee gift bags with the help of the New York Jeter's Leaders.

This marks the fifth consecutive year in which the Turn 2 Foundation and Derek have had the pleasure of brightening the holidays for the children in the Turn 2 Signature Programs. Each child in attendance was being rewarded for demonstrating positive behavior and living a healthy lifestyle. After allÂ…that's what Turn 2 is all about!

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »

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