HOPE Week continues this morning with the GlamourGals organization, which recently landed in the Bronx. Here are the details from the Yankees…
The New York Yankees are proud to continue HOPE Week 2012 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Thursday by celebrating GlamourGals. Yankees players Nick Swisher, David Robertson, Brett Gardner and Cody Eppley will honor GlamourGals by surprising the group for one of their events at the East Haven Nursing and Senior Rehab Center in the Bronx, and participating in the makeovers of the senior citizen residents. The volunteers and GlamourGals founder Rachel Doyle will then be the Yankees’ special guests for their 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Chicago White Sox. They will watch batting practice from the field and be part of pregame on-field ceremonies.
THE STORY OF GLAMOURGALS
Rachel Doyle was a sophomore in high school when her grandmother passed away in a Nevada nursing home. To honor her memory and create a bridge between the generations, Doyle, then 17, created the first chapter of GlamourGals in 2000. The organization is comprised of male and female high school and college-age volunteers who give manicures and makeovers to the elderly at senior homes. The organization’s goal is to foster self-esteem and mutual respect while building meaningful relationships. Additionally, many seniors in nursing homes do not receive frequent visitors, and GlamourGals helps to fill that void.
More than a decade after her first makeover, Doyle serves as CEO. Her vision and dedication has seen the organization grow to approximately 1,300 volunteers in more than 62 chapters spanning 13 states, along with a chapter in St. Andrews, Scotland. The organization just expanded to the Bronx in April 2012.