23rd annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raises over $1.1 million for youth programs
Joe Hogan of WarnerMedia honored as Turn 2's 2019 MVP
Co-anchor of "TODAY" and co-host of "TODAY with Hoda & Jenna" Hoda Kotb hosted the event; SVW, Grammy-nomindated artists with over 25 million records sold, delivered special performance
Miami Marlins CEO and part-owner Derek Jeter and Turn 2 president Sharlee Jeter were joined by more than 600 celebrities, athletes, friends, family and supporters for the 23rd Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday evening. This year's event raised over $1.1 million to support the Foundation's programs that foster leadership development, academic excellence, healthy lifestyles and positive social change among young people.
The star-studded event celebrated Turn 2 and its work to make a positive difference in the lives of young people for more than two decades. Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC News' TODAY and co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, served as the emcee of this year's event. Among the event's highlights was a special panel featuring four 2019 graduates from the Foundation's signature Jeter's Leaders program, with Hoda Kotb moderating the discussion. The Jeter's Leaders shared how the program positively impacted their lives, what it means to be a Jeter's Leader and their goals for the future. Later in the evening, SWV -- Grammy nominated artists with over 25 million records sold -- delivered an electrifying performance.
"Each year, this event is a reminder of Turn 2's life-changing impact on youth who go on to become leaders and leave their mark on the world," said Derek Jeter, who founded Turn 2 with his father in 1996. "We would like to thank our partners, sponsors and everyone who has supported the Foundation over the years so we can continue our important work of empowering young people. The funds we've raised tonight will help us build upon the Turn 2 legacy of providing exceptional opportunities for our future leaders."
Turn 2 honored Joe Hogan, executive vice president and head of sales at WarnerMedia, with the coveted 2019 MVP Award for his support and ongoing commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people. Joe Hogan has been instrumental in the success of the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational since its Las Vegas launch in 2015, which has contributed more than $5 million in total to Turn 2. The world-class event is presented in partnership with WarnerMedia, ICON International and JP Sports + Entertainment.
The 2019 graduates of the Jeter's Leaders program were also celebrated during the event. Each of the senior New York and Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders graduated high school in the spring and were accepted into colleges across the country. Turn 2 recognized the students for their commitment to academic excellence, community service, leadership and social change. The Jeter's Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership program for high school students in New York City and West Michigan who serve as ambassadors for Derek in their communities.
"Year after year, the young people we serve continue to impress us with their passion for social change, leadership skills and their commitment to community service," said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. "The support we received during this year's annual dinner is invaluable and will enable us to provide more opportunities for young people to become the leaders they're meant to be and create real, positive changes in their communities and beyond. We're so thankful for the support of our 2019 MVP Joe Hogan, our partners, sponsors and supporters, and look forward to another successful year."
Celebrity guests included: Hannah Jeter, Hoda Kotb, SWV, Tiki Barber, Ken Daneyko, Dr. Sampson Davis, Lisa Evers, Prince Fielder, John Franco, T.J. Holmes, Dr. Rameck Hunt, Larry Johnson, Jordan Klepper, DJ Premier, Aly Raisman, John Starks, Teresa Weatherspoon and Gerald Williams.