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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.


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