New York Yankees outfielder, Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation host inaugural Grand Kids All Star Awards Luncheon presented by New Balance at STK Midtown in New York City on Monday, July 15.
The Awards Luncheon honors brands and individuals for their on-going support of the Grand Kids Foundation’s 2013 community endeavors, including the (Grand Kids) Back-to-School program, Hurricane Sandy School Recovery initiative, Jackie Robinson Day Tribute, University of Illinois at Chicago community development project (Curtis Granderson Stadium) and Summer/Fall roll-out of the Grand Kids Fitness Challenge.
Honorary Guests Include:
Introduction: New York Yankees General Manager - Brian Cashman
Sports Innovation Award: New Balance – Robert DeMartini, President & CEO; Mark Cavanaugh, Global General Manager, Sports Marketing
Inspiration Award: Legendary Entertainment – Thomas Tull, Chairman & CEO (Producer of the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42); The Jackie Robinson Foundation – Della Britton Baeza, CEO
Corporate Citizenship Award: PwC – Brendan Dougher, Managing Partner (NY Metro)
Community Service Award: University of Illinois at Chicago – Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor
Pioneer Award: YMCA of Greater New York – Lori Benson, VP of Healthy Lifestyles
Guest Speaker: The White House, Let’s Move! – Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition
“All Star Week is a special time of year, in which we celebrate the accomplishments of baseballs greatest performers,” said Granderson. “My season thus far has proven to have a far different impact than expected, but an important one nevertheless. The (Grand Kids) awards luncheon will allow me the opportunity to personally honor our Grand Kids All Star team for their unwavering support of our philanthropic efforts this year.”
The luncheon is supported by New Balance, PwC, The New York Yankees, Legendary Entertainment, Uber, STK Midtown, Michael C. Fina, Louisville Slugger and FOX Sports.