07/28/2011 11:41 AM ET
Hope Week 2011 Community Initiative Day Four; Thursday, July 28 - Megan Ajello
The New York Yankees are proud to continue HOPE Week 2011 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Thursday by celebrating Megan Ajello. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Yankees players Robinson Cano, A.J. Burnett, David Robertson, Andruw Jones, Boone Logan, and Eduardo Nunez, along with coaches Mick Kelleher and Rob Thomson, as well as advance scout/head video coordinator Charlie Wonsowicz will visit Megan at her Staten Island home to help her raise money for the Special Olympics.
Brian Cashman along with Yankee Stadium carpenters will surprise Megan at her Staten Island home prior to her sixth-annual street-side charity lemonade sale with a custom-built lemonade stand. Yankees players, coaches and special guests will join her Staten Island community in helping Megan raise money throughout the day. Food, karaoke and music will fill the street, and a dunk tank will be brought in for neighbors to dunk Yankees players for charity.
THE STORY OF MEGAN AJELLO:
Megan Ajello, 17, is her neighborhood's fiercest volunteer and community activist, donating presents from her Sweet 16 to Marine Toys for Tots and fighting for handicapped-accessibility for her local playground. Her biggest battle, however, is against cerebral palsy and scoliosis, which have necessitated six major surgeries, including a spinal fusion. Since 2006 she has hosted a charity lemonade stand outside her home, which has grown from a gathering of neighbors raising a few hundred dollars to a must-attend event for people from as far away as upstate New York, which raised $4,000 last summer.
ABOUT HOPE WEEK:
- Created in 2009, HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.
Each day from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support. Though each day's celebration will culminate at Yankee Stadium, outreach will often take place away from the Stadium, allowing the Yankees to personally connect with individuals and highlight their success.
- For the Yankees, this event is unique because every player including Manager Joe Girardi and his coaching staff as well as General Manager Brian Cashman, will participate.
- Those inspired by HOPE Week stories should visit President Barack Obama's United We Serve initiative online at www.serve.gov.
As part of HOPE Week, the White House's Corporation for National and Community Service will award honorees "President's Volunteer Service Awards," bestowed by the President to salute volunteers who strengthen the nation's culture of service.