The former New York Yankees captain and All-Star shortstop hosted the 20th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street to raise money for the organization’s youth initiatives.
20 Years of Turn 2: Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has created and supported programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students in New York City and West Michigan.
During its 20-year history, Turn 2 has given back more than $23 million to organizations that support its mission.
Celebrating Turn 2: Television personality Hoda Kotb also served as host for the evening. Rhythm and blues singer and recording artist Ne-Yo delivered a special musical performance for Derek and his supporters.
Among the celebrities in attendance included current New York Yankees stars Dellin Betances and CC Sabathia; Derek’s role model and former Yankee great Dave Winfield, Derek’s former teammates Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, and Robinson Cano; former New York Giants Tiki Barber and Harry Carson; local basketball icon and head coach of St. John’s Red Storm Chris Mullin; football stars Nate Burleson and Chris Canty; former WNBA stars Swin Cash and Teresa Witherspoon; former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet; Matt Harvey from the crosstown rival New York Mets; Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen; former model and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, and former football star, author, and radio personality Tim Green, among others.