NEW YORK -- New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter hosted the 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on June 1, 2014, raising more than $1 million for the organization's youth initiatives.
Many of Derek's teammates joined hundreds of celebrity guests, sponsors and other supporters who turned out in full force for the Turn 2 Foundation's marquee annual event.
Seth Meyers -- actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian and host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" -- provided plenty of laughs when he took the stage for an up-close and personal "conversation" with Derek about his illustrious career and life after baseball. Award-winning, multiplatinum superstar Robin Thicke capped off the evening with an electrifying special performance.
"The Turn 2 Foundation Dinner is something I really look forward to all year because it helps make so much of what we do possible," said Derek, who created the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996. "The incredible outpouring of support we received will make a profound positive impact on the lives of the young people our programs serve, and we are truly appreciative of everyone who stood behind us tonight."
Turn 2 honored Deborah A. Tymon, senior vice president of marketing for the New York Yankees, with its 2014 MVP Award, citing her commitment to service and calling her a role model for young people across New York.
The organization also celebrated the 19 high school seniors who will graduate later this month from its Jeter's Leaders program for their academic achievement and positive contributions to their communities. The foundation's signature initiative, Jeter's Leaders, is a four-year program for high school students in New York and Kalamazoo, Mich., who serve as ambassadors for Derek in their communities.
"Turn 2 Foundation programs like Jeter's Leaders encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, social change and leadership," said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. "The funds raised this evening will further this mission and help us to cultivate future generations of leaders in New York, West Michigan and Florida."
Iconic New York sports anchor Bruce Beck (WNBC-TV) returned as the emcee, and a silent auction featuring unique memorabilia donated by Steiner Sports Memorabilia generated some fierce bidding that helped Turn 2 exceed its fundraising goal.
Celebrity guests included: Yankees teammates Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano, CC Sabathia, Brian Roberts, Yangervis Solarte, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Kelly Johnson; Meyers, Thicke, Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, Sharon Robinson (daughter of Jackie Robinson), Heidi Watney, John Starks, Harry Carson, Soledad O'Brien, Harold Reynolds, Gerald Williams and Tom Cavanagh.
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants.
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Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raised more than $1 million for youth initiatives.