Archive for the ‘Foundations’ Category
In their latest issue, PARADE magazine published the 3rd annual Giving Back 30, a list of top thirty celebrities who have donated the most over the past year. There are some surprises on the list, including some athletes: http://www.parade.com/export/sites/default/news/slideshows/money/celebrities-who-give-big.html_71192263.html
Current Red Sox Josh Beckett and David Ortiz have been contributing to local hospitals by fundraising through different means. Beckett recently held his 3rd annual Beckett Bowl, which raised money for Children’s Hospital in Boston, while Ortiz has partnered his foundation with Massachusetts General Hospital to help subsidize operations. Click on each link:
Curtis Granderson, 27-year old outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, represents Major League Baseball as an ambassador for MLB International. He has travelled to places like China, Italy, and South Africa, representing the face of America’s pastime. Commissioner Bud Selig wrote a letter to Granderson, thanking him for his personal convictions in his own life, and for what he has done for the sport:
“There are so many fine young men playing Major League baseball today, but I can think of no one who is better suited to represent our national pastime than you,” Selig told Granderson in his letter.
The Chicago-area native is a great leader for the Tigers’ organization on and off the field. In addition to a career high .302 batting average in 2007, Granderson also led the league in triples that season (23) and finished 10th in AL MVP voting. In 2008, Granderson started his own foundation, which focuses on education.
The Grand Kids Foundation, holds a variety of events, sponsorship fundraisers, and donation drives each year. The foundation’s mission is to enforce educational initiatives to youth, and to help bring the sport of baseball back to the nation’s inner cities. Granderson, who also served as a studio analyst for TBS when the Tigers missed the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, focused his foundation initially on the urban areas of Detroit and Flint, Michigan. These are inner-city districts that have been troublesome for youth and education for quite some time.
If anything, the American League All-Star does too much outside of the baseball diamond. However, his active involvement in the community doesn’t seem to have slowed his play, as he is scheduled to represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.
In actuality—Sam Abrams, the team’s manager of player relations, once said, “The more Curtis does in the community, the better he plays.”
Please click here for the article on Granderson entitled “Tigers Outfielder a Grand Ambassador,” written by John Paul Morosi, sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press:
Jerry Lewis, the 82-year old actor best known for his comedy routines alongside Dean Martin in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, is also a very influential humanitarian. For a good part of his life, Lewis has hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, an annual event that raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since its inception in 1960 and its first nationally televised event in 1966, the telethon has raised $1.46 billion to help fight muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases that weaken the muscles of the human body. Please click here for more information on the telethon, which occurs every year on Labor Day Weekend:
Lewis is among a select group of actors and actresses deeply committed to humanitarian efforts, including the late Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and the late Frank Sinatra. Here is the full list of past recipients of the award:
Past Recipients of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
|Year||First Name||Last Name|
|* Two Oscars were presented|
|to both Audrey Hepburn and|
|Elizabeth Taylor in 1992|