Since its inception in 2009, HOPE Week has put a spotlight on inspirational people and organizations who have made a difference in the lives of others. On reunion day, former honorees returned to Yankee Stadium for an on-field carnival and celebration.
2019 HOPE Week Honorees
Founded in 2014 by Rachel Goldman in an effort to provide a confidence-boosting experience for children with cancer, Runway Heroes (www.runwayheroes.com) is a non-profit organization that features children with cancer in fashion events. The organization collaborates with top fashion brands to orchestrate charitable runway shows in New York City. All funds raised support the development of treatments for childhood cancer.
Robbed of his sight due to a stroke a decade ago, 78-year-old Ecuadorian magician "The Great Olmedini" (Olmedo Renteria) was a self-made star in his homeland before coming to the U.S. approximately 30 years ago. With an unbridled joy of performing his craft, he still entertains straphangers on the subway six days a week, never letting age or obstacles get in his way.
Founded in 2007 by Kate Bialo and the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (JLWOS), Furniture Sharehouse (www.furnituresharehouse.org) provides free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families living in Westchester County, giving them the basic household furnishings that enable them to rebuild their lives and live with dignity.
Founded by bike repair shop owner Sandra Alfonzo, AdaptAbility (www.adaptabilitybike.org) was created to customize adaptive bicycles for children with special needs, allowing them to exercise and to improve mobility, while giving the opportunity to experience the pleasure of riding a bicycle. Each bicycle is tailored to the child's challenges and goals and donated to families free of charge.