OK, here it is...In a room of 500, out came the quilt to honor Joe Torre and his wife Ali,
for the Ten year Anniversary of the Safe at Home Foundation!
All those kids I worked with last spring? They were all from a program that Joe & Ali started to give at risk kids a safe place in school. Joe's father was a violent man, and beat Joe's mother while he was growing up, and he vowed to one day help. The foundation raises money to start "Margaret's Place" in schools to provide a place for kids to share, talk, and support each other, away from the violence that may be around them at home or school. A statistic was read, that, in 1995, 60% of kids in the US witnessed or were victims of abuse and or violence during their school years.
|The "What is Safe" quilt getting a close inspection by Joe Torre
Moved to tears over the children's' work. So sweet.
Joe told me, when we met that he was so surprised by the quilt, and was surprised how well the organization had kept it a secret. "Thank you", he said, "I was moved to tears." A very nice man, very heartfelt and genuine.
Now for all you BASEBALL fans... You would have all loved to hear these guys talk ball and memories with Bob Costas, who was also being honored. AND, I bet someone can tell me who they all were! The guy on the right, was a ball player from way back, the second guy was sports writer, the third, jim katt pticher but was announcer for NY Yankees , 4th guy... Tim McCarver, catcher st louis also an announcer , 5th, Bob Costas, and Joe Torre. I do like baseball and love the Yankees, but seriously, I am so impressed how these guys were saying, ...and in 1986 you were pitching against so and so etc, they know every game, every year, and every play...
The silent auction was nearly all sport stuff... LOL! I wouldn't know who to bid on!
They had some photos of kids from the program, holding up signs answering I have the power to:
This one caught my eye... Gotta love that message!
I have the power to:
Give something that can make some one's day a little brighter. (and warmer!) ;-)
I'm good with that.
Can you answer this question?
I have the power to:
Here's a link to all the posts of this quilt in progress: click here
Thank you to MODA and Pat Sloan who donated materials for this project.