Chairman’s Award presented to Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation, Amber and CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation, and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation
Morgan Stanley and Major League Baseball sponsored the event held at the JRF headquarters, located directly above the future site of the Jackie Robinson Museum in lower Manhattan, New York City. Emceed by Emmy-winning WNBC-TV sports anchor Harry Cicma, Mr. Gonsalves and Ms. Britton Baeza presented the Chairman’s Award to Yolanda Jimenez, Executive Director of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation (who accepted on behalf of Alice and Joe Torre), Amber and CC Sabathia, founders of the PitCCh In Foundation, and Sharlee Jeter, President, Dr. Charles Jeter, Vice Chairman, and Dorothy Jeter, Treasurer, of Turn 2 Foundation. Andy Saperstein, Managing Director and Head of Investment Products and Services, represented Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Thomas Brasuell, Vice President of Community Affairs, represented Major League Baseball.
Rachel Robinson closed the evening, thanking attendees for supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation, her husband’s living legacy, and appealed to the guests to become engaged in the Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project, which needs $7 million more in contributions to open its doors to supplement the $18 million that has been raised to-date.
“Through Safe At Home’s efforts to educate kids on and eradicate domestic abuse; the PitCCh In Foundation’s projects that greatly enrich the lives of inner city teens, and the Turn 2 Foundation’s 20 years of work to motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol, promote healthy lifestyles and provide educational opportunities, these honorees have contributed and continue to contribute mightily to our society,” said Mr. Gonsalves. “The founders, boards and staff of these three organizations don’t just sit in the stands, they make a difference.”
“We are honored to be recognized for the work that we do in the community. Jackie Robinson’s life and his wife Rachel inspire us to strive to make a positive impact in the lives of as many youth as we possibly can,” said Amber and CC Sabathia, who together accepted the honor as co-founders of the PitCCh In Foundation.
“Being recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation for our efforts makes both of us very proud, along with our entire Safe At Home team,” said Joe Torre, co-founder, with his wife Ali, of the Safe At Home Foundation. “Improving the lives of others is a legacy that Jackie Robinson left us. He is remembered as one of the most important people in our lifetime, and will remain so for generations to come.”
“For more than 40 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has worked with underserved populations to advance higher education and leadership development: two cornerstones as well of the Turn 2 Foundation. That is why I am so proud of our longstanding partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and so honored to receive this award,” said Sharlee Jeter, President of the Turn 2 Foundation. “The Turn 2 Foundation and its Jeter’s Leaders are not only part of Derek’s legacy – they are part of Jackie Robinson’s extended legacy, as well.”
About the Chairman’s Award Recipients
The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-state area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people with the tools to be successful in school and on the field. Additionally, the PitCCh In Foundation is dedicated to supporting and renovating baseball fields in the community. For more information, visit
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation was created in 2002 to bring a greater understanding, awareness and compassion to those suffering through the experience of domestic abuse. Its mission is to educate to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. The Foundation was created by Joe Torre and his wife, Ali, as a result of the impact that domestic violence had on Torre growing up as a child. In 2005, the Foundation established its signature programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, named in memory of Joe’s mother. Margaret’s Place is a comprehensive program that provides students with a safe room in school where they can meet with a professional trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention. For more information, visit www.joetorre.org
The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $20 million to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.turn2foundation.org.
About Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his ten year career, Robinson was named Rookie of the Year (1947), Most Valuable Player (1949) and helped the Dodgers win six pennants and one World Series in 1955. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson’s influence didn’t end on the ball field, however. After baseball, Robinson became active in business and continued his work as an activist for social change, serving as a pioneer executive for the Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee company and restaurant chain and helping to establish the Freedom National Bank.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson as a meaningful way to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development program for minority students. In addition to financial assistance, the nonprofit Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including extensive, hands-on mentoring, internship placement, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The over 1,450 JRF alumni are leaders in their professional fields and active ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. Since its founding, JRF has provided over $65 million to support students who have attended over 100 different colleges and universities across the country.
PHOTOS available for publication:
1. Jackie Robinson Foundation (photo by John Vecchiolla) – Gregg Gonsalves, Yolanda Jimenez,
Rachel Robinson, Della Britton Baeza
2. Jackie Robinson Foundation (photo by John Vecchiolla) –Dr. Charles Jeter, Dorothy Jeter, Sharlee
Jeter, Rachel Robinson, Della Britton Baeza, Gregg Gonsalves
3. Jackie Robinson Foundation (photo by John Vecchiolla) – Gregg Gonsalves, Della Britton Baeza,
Rachel Robinson, Amber and CC Sabathia
4. Jackie Robinson Foundation (photo by John Vecchiolla) – Gregg Gonsalves, Sharon Robinson, CC
Sabathia, Della Britton Baeza, Amber Sabathia, Rachel Robinson, Dorothy Jeter, Sharlee Jeter,
Dr. Charles Jeter
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