Grand Kids luncheon to salute contributors

Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, currently on the disabled list recovering from a fractured finger, and his Grand Kids Foundation will hold the inaugural Grand Kids All-Star Awards Luncheon presented by New Balance at 12 Noon Monday at STK Midtown in Manhattan.

The Awards Luncheon will honor brands and individuals for their ongoing support of the Grand Kids Foundation’s 2013 community endeavors, including the Back to School Program, Hurricane Sandy School Recovery initiative, Jackie Robinson Day Tribute, University of Illinois at Chicago community development project (Curtis Granderson Stadium) and summer/fall rollout of the Grand Kids Fitness Challenge.

Honorary guests include Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who will make the keynote speaker and the following award winners:

Sports Innovation Award: New Balance – Robert DeMartini, president and chief executive officer; Mark Cavanaugh, global general manager, sports marketing.

Inspiration Award: Legendary Entertainment – Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO, producer of the Jackie Robinson movie, 42; Jackie Robinson Foundation – Della Britton Baeza, CEO.

Corporate Citizenship Award: PwC – Brendan Dougher, managing partner (NY Metro).

Community Service Award: University of Illinois at Chicago – Paula Allen Mears, chancellor.

Pioneer Award: YMCA of Greater New York – Lori Benson, vice president of Healthy Lifestyles.

Guest Speaker: The White House, Let’s Move – Sam Kass, executive director and senior policy advisor on nutrition.

“All-Star Week is a special time of year in which we celebrate the accomplishment of baseball’s greatest performers,” Granderson said. “My season thus far has proven to have a far different impact than expected but an important one nevertheless. The [Grand Kids] awards luncheon will allow me the opportunity to honor our Grand Kids All-Star team personally for their unwavering support of our philanthropic efforts this year.”

The luncheon is supported by New Balance, PwC, The Yankees, Legendary Entertainment, Uber, STK Midtown, Michael C. Fina, Louisville Slugger and FOX Sports.

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