The New York Yankees partnered with Bronx Community Board 4 (CB4) to host local police officers and firefighters at the 4 + 44 Police Officer and Firefighter Outstanding Service Award Ceremony at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, December 3. Award recipients were acknowledged for their commitment to make a difference in the lives of CB4 residents.
2015 4 + 44 Police Officer and Firefighter Outstanding Service Award Honorees:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is most closely associated with former Yankees first baseman and Captain Lou Gehrig, who passed away from its debilitating effects on June 2, 1941, at the young age of 37. The New York Yankees are a committed partner of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, dedicating substantial resources to generate awareness and funds to find a cure. The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is committed to leading the fight to cure/treat Lou Gehrig's disease through global, cutting-edge research and to improve the quality of life for families impacted by ALS. In support of the related efforts, during the 2015 season, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The New York Yankees kicked-off Ride for Life, an annual event in which ALS patients embark on a 12-day, 100-mile electric wheelchair ride along highways and byways to raise awareness and funds for a cure. On Friday, May 8, approximately 200 students from the Community Health Academy of the Heights-Middle School 346 gathered inside Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to Lou Gehrig's plaque and offer words of support/encouragement to Chris Pendergast, founder of Ride for Life, as he embarked on his 18th annual ride starting from Yankee Stadium. On Wednesday, June 17, the Yankees celebrated the event's success during an on-field pregame ceremony. To date, the Ride for Life initiative has raised over seven million dollars for research and patient services.
The New York Yankees partnered with the Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) to generate awareness and provide educational, habilitation, residential, and recreational programs that meet the needs of local families impacted by autism. During an on-field pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium on June 27, the New York Yankees presented the QSAC with a financial contribution in support of the related efforts. In addition, the New York Yankees hosted approximately 200 clients/staff from the QSAC and other community-based organizations dedicated to serving families impacted by autism to enjoy the game.
The New York Yankees teamed up with the American Red Cross and Fire Department of New York to support the Get Alarmed NYC Program, the largest smoke detector giveaway and installation program in the nation. On Saturday, November 14, Yankee Stadium served as the hub to help train and dispatch volunteers to install alarms or detectors throughout the Highbridge section of the Bronx. The event began with a training and education session; thereafter, volunteers traveled into the community to install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors in the homes of approximately 600 Bronx residents.
The New York Yankees work in conjunction with buildOn to implement the Green Team Initiative at Yankee Stadium, which provides students from local high schools with volunteer opportunities that educate and promote the importance of environmental awareness. In-between innings, buildOn volunteers enter the aisles of the field level seating bowl to encourage guests to recycle plastic bottles and educate guests on the importance of adopting sustainable practices in day-to-day community efforts. On Friday, August 22, the New York Yankees recognized buildOn and their commitment to the Green Team Initiative during a pregame ceremony on-field. In addition, the most dedicated student volunteers were provided with complimentary tickets to enjoy that evening's game.
The New York Yankees and Legends Hospitality partnered to host a Safe Halloween event for local youth. Children were invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at Yankee Stadium. Yankees front office staff joined in the festivities, greeting all in attendance and making sure all of the children left the stadium with a bag full of treats.
Holiday Food Drive
The New York Yankees partnered with members of the Bronx clergy to host the Annual Holiday Food Drive at Yankee Stadium. Approximately 100,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed to families in need throughout the Bronx. In addition, 2,500 food vouchers were allocated to Bronx residents for redemption at local C-Town or Bravo Supermarkets to assist with the expenses related to preparing a holiday meal.
The New York Yankees, Legends Hospitality and the Supportive Children's Advocacy Network New York collaborated to host a traditional Thanksgiving feast for several hundred local residents at the Mullaly Recreation Center, located adjacent to Yankee Stadium.
Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway
The New York Yankees and Krasdale Foods teamed up to hold the Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway at Yankee Stadium. Bronx residents were provided with a voucher that could be redeemed at a local C-Town or Bravo Supermarket to assist with the expenses related to preparing a Thanksgiving meal. Approximately 2,500 food vouchers were allocated.
Winter Wonderland [watch video]
Yankee Stadium was transformed into the North Pole on Friday, December 11, when the New York Yankees hosted Winter Wonderland in conjunction with Neil and Amanda Friedman, Legends Hospitality, Toys R' Us, and American Foliage. Approximately 4,000 local children were treated to a holiday extravaganza in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall, complete with festive decorations, music, caroling by the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, food and hot chocolate. In addition, as a result of the commitment of the New York Yankees Foundation and Neil and Amanda Friedman, every child in attendance was presented with a holiday gift.
On Tuesday, September 8, the New York Yankees supported the Food Bank for New York City by hosting a fundraiser at Yankee Stadium. As one of the country's largest food banks, the Food Bank for NYC's mission is to end hunger in NYC by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles hunger issues on three fronts - food distribution, income support and nutrition education. In addition, the Food Bank for NYC was recognized for its efforts during a pregame ceremony.
On an annual basis, the New York Yankees work in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wish requests of in excess of thirty children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Over the years the New York Yankees have worked closely with the New York Urban League (NYUL) to make a difference in the surrounding communities. The NYUL's mission is to enable underserved communities to secure a first class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services and advocacy. In support of the NYUL's mission, the New York Yankees host the Girl's Empowerment Day and Young Men's Empowerment Day at Yankee Stadium to provide youth with the opportunity to explore career options and interact with professionals in the sports industry.
For the past 10 seasons, the New York Yankees have worked in conjunction with Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU) and Legends Hospitality to collect all food that is prepared and packaged but not served at New York Yankees home games and special events hosted at Yankee Stadium. All collected items are distributed to local soup kitchens/food pantries to assist the efforts dedicated to combating hunger. Using RWU's Whole Earth Calculator, in excess of 21,500 pounds of food were recovered by five agencies in 2014, providing approximately 16,600 meals. As a direct result of this effort, 17,324 pounds of CO2, a greenhouse gas emitted from rotting food, were not released into the atmosphere.