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Yankees supporting women artisans of Rwanda

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the press release from the Yankees.

On Wednesday, June 2, the women of Yankee Stadium will join forces with Same Sky ( to honor the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and in particular, the HIV positive women artisans who have handcrafted bracelets through the organization’s trade-not-aid initiative to effect change in Rwanda.

Founded in 2008 by Francine LeFrak, Same Sky is a fair-trade company whose mission is to inspire a movement of women empowering women as part of the global effort of lifting women out of poverty by giving them the tools to become entrepreneurs and lead self-sustaining lives. The bracelets are made of hand-blown glass beads and are crocheted by women artisans. Each bracelet carries the signature of the woman who made it.

Purchasing a Same Sky bracelet allows the wearer to become a part of the movement empowering women everywhere under the same sky. All proceeds from the sales of Same Sky bracelets go directly toward training and employing more women artisans in Rwanda.

image001DATE: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TIME: 5:30-7:30 p.m.


HOSTED BY: Francine LeFrak (Founder of Same Sky), New York Yankees Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, Mindy Franklin Levine and Sadye Zillo.

ALSO ATTENDING: The Honorable Agnes Gasana, wife of Rwandan Ambassador to the United Nations Eugene-Richard Gasana; Women of the New York Yankees organization, Legends Hospitality, YES Network and Securitas.





28 Responses to “Yankees supporting women artisans of Rwanda”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    That’s a great cause – good for the Yanks

  2. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    The Yankee organization is always supporting something positive. Like Betsy said good fa da Yanks :)

  3. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    What a great cause that the Yankees have undertaken! Awesome!

  4. the gay Yankee fan May 31st, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    The Yankees, as much as other fans may think to be an ‘evil empire’ is one of the if not the most charitable organizations in all of world (let alone the world of sports).

    They are classy and outstanding organization.

  5. ac1 May 31st, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    even with tampa in 1st, i cannot see them as a serious contender with the number of games they get shut out, 1 hit, no-hit, perfect gamed, etc….

  6. NYY626 May 31st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The Yankees are awesome for doing this.

    I was at the beach all day so i’m just catching the end of the replay now on YES. But I have a serious question: What’s hotter? Andy Pettitte himself or his stats??? ;) My goodness is he on fire this year.

  7. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 8:57 pm


    I agree. Their offense really is not all that good. Batting John Jaso 5th speaks volumes. Their pitching – David Price aside – is not as extraordinary as they are made out to be.

  8. the gay Yankee fan May 31st, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    ac1 I agree.

    The haven’t really had to go through any turmoil and struggles. Things may have pretty much gone their way so far.

    I’d like to see how they will weather the tough stretches (and I don’t mean the playing schedule) like injuries, their pitching slumping, etc. and how they make out.

    It’s a very long season and we all know how things can change in a hurry.

    If anything, we should worry about the Jays in addition to the Rays and RS.

  9. HughesTheAce May 31st, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Great cause to support.

  10. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 31st, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Morrow has a shut out through 7, with 86 pitches.

  11. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 9:01 pm


    I’ve been flipping and rotating a mattress and doing laundry. Missed your comeback. Anyway, yes I knew they were going to win yesterday, and that’s I know about them. The Saturday thing was just weird cause I think it could have been nipped in the bud. 3 out of 4 is fine, and I’m excited with the signs from the offense, Phil, AJ and Andy. And, of course, I’m not at all worried about CC. We’re going to go on a huge roll, the only question is when.

  12. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    btw, AAA pitchers have been working Montero away, away, away for over a month and he’s still not giving in and going oppo. He used to use the whole field so I don’t know where he got the “pull everything” note.

  13. SAS May 31st, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Just watching the Yankees’ 7th inning today and loving every minute.

  14. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I saw a stat from Rob Neyer’s chat on Friday that said that Romine had thrown out only 5/30 baserunners – ouch, that’s awful.

    Phil, before I split for awhile and since you’re around : I just have a question about Phil’s velocity. Do you think it’s declined due to fatigue or is it now just back to what it is normally, 91-93 (for instance, that he was throwing much harder in his first few starts thanks to adrenaline)? I know you’ve said that we could expect Phil to throw harder as the weather warmed up, so I was curious as to your thoughts. Thanks!

  15. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Did the Sox play today?

  16. brockdc May 31st, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This is fantastic news for a class organization.

  17. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Betsy, my response got eaten

  18. Phil the Thrill May 31st, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    anyway, for young power pitchers it goes up and down till they have enough muscle memory built up to be consistent with it. He was 94-96 hitting 97 frequently in the summer of `06. It’ll be back.

  19. Chainsaw May 31st, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    just to reminisce,

    Can we get a show of hands on all those who ripped Cashman and wanted him fired because he didn’t trade Cano for Matt Kemp or some other ridiculous trade rumor that was floating a year or two ago?

    Next time you rip Cashman for not making the “fantasy” trade that you want him to make or for ruining the franchise by taking a chance on Randy Winn, think before you type.

  20. JAP May 31st, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    It’s sad that people call the Yankees the “Evil Empire” yet they are charitable and have great ownership, etc., while the Sox run the Jimmy Fund and use that to fund their off-season signings and whatever is left over will go to the real reason the fund was setup.

    Sad, sad world we live in.

  21. JAP May 31st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Correction: It’s the Jimmy Fund who hands the money over to the Red Sox.

  22. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 31st, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Can’t believe Jays are about to give this game away. Tampa waits until the starting pitcher leaves to pounce.

  23. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Yahoo ,Tampa lost yes!!, Toronto thank you.

  24. Brian June 1st, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I don’t really think the jimmy fund operates like that….

    and this org sounds like a group i did some work for called Beads for Life. Ugandan women would create beautiful beads out of recycled paper and sell them. These kinds of causes are pretty good and help bring development and income to women who are otherwise under they thumb of a man and have no option and receive little other than pregnancy, AIDS, and abuse for their work.

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