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Jeter takes part in Marlins' turkey distribution

November 17, 2017

MIAMI -- For those who stood in line for more than 30 minutes at Marlins Park, it was worth the wait.Friday marked the Marlins' annual Turkey Distribution Day, and lending a helping hand was Derek Jeter, the organization's new chief executive officer.The private event was held on the West Plaza

MIAMI -- For those who stood in line for more than 30 minutes at Marlins Park, it was worth the wait.
Friday marked the Marlins' annual Turkey Distribution Day, and lending a helping hand was Derek Jeter, the organization's new chief executive officer.
The private event was held on the West Plaza of the ballpark and is one of the Marlins Foundation's main holiday traditions.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, but the Marlins -- in partnership with Feeding South Florida -- have long done their part in assisting those in need.

"It's important," Jeter said. "You get to the holiday time of the season, it's always the time of the year I enjoy the most, giving back. My family has had a foundation for years, and they've done a great job here with the Marlins' organization, giving back to the community."
Miami's newly elected mayor, Francis Suarez, was also on hand.
Marlins executives and employees handed out 1,000 turkeys to pre-selected families from the local neighborhood. Each family received a 10-pound turkey, fixings and desserts. The Marlins also presented Feeding South Florida with a $20,000 donation.
This is the ninth year of the distribution, and the first with Jeter as an owner. Bruce Sherman became Miami's principal owner in early October, with Jeter being named CEO.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.