After a press conference this afternoon, Jorge Posada is going to announce a new partnership to further the efforts of the Jorge Posada Foundation. As always, you have to appreciate when these guys go out of their way to make good things happen.
Here’s the press release with all the details.
All-Star catcher Jorge Posada and his wife Laura will announce a new partnership with Grammy Award-winning duo Wisin & Yandel on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Yankee Stadium Press Conference Room, prior to that evening’s Yankees-Orioles game. The duo will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game.
The top-selling Latin artists Wisin & Yandel, born Juan Luis Morera and Llandel Veguilla, respectively, have partnered with the Jorge Posada Foundation in their efforts to combat Craniosynostosis. The duo has very generously pledged to donate a percentage of each ticket sold in their upcoming U.S. tour to the Jorge Posada Foundation.
The donated funds through this partnership will be used to underwrite the playroom area of the brand new state-of-the-art facility at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at the NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the pre-eminent facial reconstruction facilities in the United States. Nearly 70 percent of the IRPS’s patients are uninsured or receive only Medicaid reimbursement.
Wisin & Yandel began their career together more than 10 years ago in their native Puerto Rico within the Latin music genre Reggaeton, which started as a fusion of Jamaican dancehall and Panamanian Reggae Root and has since evolved to include Hip Hop, Pop, Rap, Dance and R&B rhythms. In the past five years, Wisin & Yandel have accumulated a record 12 Platinum Album Awards in the United States as well as 11 Platinum Album Awards and eight Gold Album Awards across Latin America. The duo holds the record for most number ones on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay Chart, having placed nine different songs since the chart’s creation in 2005.
In June 2009, the duo launched an unprecedented program amongst Latin artists to benefit “Habitat for Humanity” by donating a portion of the revenues made during their U.S. tour to help build homes for needy families. When Haiti was devastated by the earthquake in 2010, Wisin & Yandel were among the first in the Latin music world to respond – as well as the most generous – donating $100,000 towards rebuilding an orphanage that had been destroyed in Port-au-Prince.
The New York Yankees organization has been a longtime supporter of the Jorge Posada Foundation. They re-confirm their loyalty to the Foundation and to Craniosynostosis by promoting the before mentioned partnership to all the fans at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will broadcast a public service announcement created for this project on the Stadium’s Centerfield Video Board, as will the team’s television partners, YES and My9, during Yankees games.
The Jorge Posada Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Laura and Jorge Posada in honor of their son and his successful struggle with Craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis affects one out of every 2,000 births in the United States. Early intervention by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors is the key to effective treatment of the condition. The Jorge Posada Foundation works to raise awareness of the condition in the United States and abroad. The Foundation partners with community-based organizations, medical centers and provides support through a Mentors Network. The Jorge Posada Foundation also funds innovative and groundbreaking projects that create a deeper understanding of the condition and the required medical treatments. All monies raised by the Jorge Posada Foundation are used in a targeted manner in order to maximize efforts.
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