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Derek Jeter "Turns To" the Air Zoo

December 8, 2009

Source: Turn 2 Foundation

To view the gallery from the Holiday Express event, please click here!

This year, Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees brought holiday cheer to 250 West Michigan children involved in Derek's Turn 2 Foundation's Signature Programs. The Turn 2 Foundation Holiday Express 2009 was held at the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Local sponsors of this year's event included the Air Zoo and Bravo! Restaurant and Cafe. The children enjoyed a private holiday party, hosted by the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders, in the interactive aviation museum followed by a surprise visit from Derek and Santa. Each child received a special holiday gift bag generously donated by the New York Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation.

Earlier in the evening, the New York Yankee Captain and shortstop, spread awareness in the Kalamazoo area about the work of his Turn 2 Foundation at Bravo! Restaurant and Cafe. Ann & Don Parfet and Carol & Phil Carra with the Jeter Family hosted over 100 guests at a private event that included an information session about Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Ann and Don Parfet also received the Turn 2 MVP Award at the 13th Annual Derek Jeter Turn 2 Foundation Dinner on June 26, 2009 in New York City, acknowledging their tremendous impact on The Turn 2 Foundation by writing the first corporate grant when the Foundation was launched in 1996. Carol & Phil Carra are long time friends and supporters of the Jeter Family and Phil Carra is an active member of the Turn 2 Foundation's Resource Council.

The Turn 2 Holiday Express is one of the activities created by Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation to reward over 1,000 children involved in Turn 2's Signature Programs in New York City, West Michigan, and Tampa, Florida, who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence, and leadership qualities in school and their communities.

The Turn 2 Foundation
Derek started the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996, his rookie year. Turn 2 has awarded more than $10 million in grants 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. The Jeter's Leaders are students recognized for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and community service, who are responsible for delivering a positive message to their peers.

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