14th Annual Dinner celebrates Turn 2's mission

Foundation raises more than $1.25 million during successful event

Dr. Evelyn Montanez, MVP award winner and director of the Turn 2 Us program, poses with Turn 2 Vice President Todd Smith and Derek Jeter. (Eileen Barroso)

08/10/10 10:56 AM ET

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2010 Foundation Dinner

New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter hosted his 14th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Aug. 5, 2010 in New York City.

In spite of the difficult economic times, the Turn 2 Foundation raised more than $1.25 million through sponsorship sales, auctions and donations. Proceeds from the event will help further the Foundation's mission of promoting healthy lifestyles among today's youth in New York, West Michigan and Tampa, Fla. Derek accepted a check for $200,000 from marketing partner and presenting sponsor of this year's fundraiser, Gillette. Chip Bergh, Group President of Male Global Grooming, remarked during the check presentation that he admired Derek for his leadership on the field and his dedication to giving back through his philanthropic efforts.

Many of Jeter's teammates and other celebrity guests joined the sponsors and supporters at the event including Dominique Dawes, Harry Carson, DJ Premier, Jorge Posada, John Starks, Curtis Granderson, Tino Martinez and others. The highlight of the evening was the live performance by En Vogue.

The evening was fast-paced as emcee, Bruce Beck from WNBC-TV, kept the program moving with wit and poise. Honorees included the 2010 New York and Kalamazoo high school graduates from the Jeter's Leaders Program, Turn 2's premier youth development program. This year's Turn 2 MVP Award was presented to Evelyn Montanez, a native New Yorker, who was acknowledged for her tremendous impact on the Turn 2 Foundation. She was instrumental in creating the Turn 2 Us program for the foundation. 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 $11 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities.

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