The 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. Award recipients were acknowledged for their commitment to make a difference in the lives of local residents.
2016 4 + 44 Police Officer and Firefighter Outstanding Service Award Honorees:
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 20, 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 19th annual ride starting from Yankee Stadium. On Friday, June 24, 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 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 Thursday, September 8, 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.
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.
For the past 11 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.
As part of the Yankees' annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the organization once again presented its Community Achievement Awards to recognize those who proudly serve Bronx residents. During a pregame ceremony on Sept. 12, 2016, the Yankees honored the accomplishments of Fabio Cotza from Safe Horizon, Stephen Stritch from Mercy Center, Ramon Gonzalez from MS 223 in the Bronx, Aureo Cardona form the Sports Foundation, and Glenda Ifill from Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.
As part of the Yankees celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, 10-time Grammy Award-winner Eddie Palmieri was the special guest in the organization's monthly Spanish-language press conference on Tuesday, September 13. Afterwards Palmieri engaged fans at the Pepsi Food Court prior to that evenings Yankee game. Also on that night and in association with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Yankees fans were given the opportunity to take part in salsa lessons courtesy of the Lorenz Latin Dance Studios and ¡Retumba!, a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble.
The 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.
Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway
The 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 expense related to preparing a Thanksgiving meal. Approximately 2,500 food vouchers were allocated.
The 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.
Annual Holiday Food Drive
The Yankees partnered with members of the Bronx Clergy to host the Annual Holiday Food Drive at Yankee Stadium. Approximately 125,000 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.
Yankee Stadium transformed into the North Pole on Dec. 9, 2016 when the Yankees hosted Winter Wonderland in conjunction with Neil and Amanda Friedman, Legends Hospitality, Toys R' Us, and American Foliage. Approximately 3,500 local youth were treated to a holiday extravaganza in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall, complete with festive decorations, music, including caroling by The Harlem RBI Choir, and 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 of their choosing.