13th Annual Dinner a roaring success
Turn 2 Foundation raises more than $950,000 despite tough times
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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees Captain and Shortstop, Derek Jeter, hosted his 13th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Monday night.
In spite of the difficult economic times, the Turn 2 Foundation raised more than $950,000 through sponsorship sales, auctions and donations. Proceeds from the event will help further the Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles amongst today's youth in New York, West Michigan, and Tampa, Florida.
Many of Jeter's teammates and other celebrity guests joined the sponsors & supporters at the event. Some celebrities that came out to support the Turn 2 Foundation included Dominique Dawes, Harry Carson, DJ Premier, Leeann Tweeden, Kelly Choi, Jorge Posada, AJ Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Nick Swisher, CC Sabathia and Joe Girardi, among others. The highlight of the evening was the live performance by Grammy Award-winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
Derek accepted a check for $200,000 from Marketing Partner & Presenting Sponsor of this year's fundraiser, Gillette / P&G. "We are pleased to be able to be a part of helping you do such great things," said Thom Lachman, Vice President, North America Grooming, Gillette / P&G when asked about the decision to support Jeter's Foundation event.
The evening was action-packed as emcee, Bruce Beck, from WNBC-TV, led the program with laughter and poise. Honorees included the 2009 New York and Kalamazoo High School Graduates from the Jeter's Leaders Program, Turn 2's premiere youth development program, and Turn 2 MVP Award recipients, Donald V. & Ann R. Parfet from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who were acknowledged for their tremendous impact on The Turn 2 Foundation by writing the first corporate grant to support the foundation in 1996 and their continued support over the years. The evening also featured an exciting silent and live auction.
"It's pretty hard to believe how successful the foundation has become," Jeter said. "When we started, we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into." Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities.
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