Yanks to go purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness
The Yankees will celebrate their third-annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Night with the first 18,000 fans 21 and older in attendance for Monday night’s game against the Phillies to receive a purple Yankees cap presented by the New Era Cap Company.
A pregame ceremony at the plate will feature National Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) chief executive officer Harry Johns and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who founded the Rita Hayworth Gala in honor of her mother, the late actress and dancer. The annual event, held in both New York and Chicago, is now in its 32nd year and has raised more than $65 million to support the fight against Alzheimer’s. Previous honorees include former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and actor/comedian Seth Rogen.
As part of the Yankees’ awareness effort, the team’s grounds crew will wear National Alzheimer’s Association T-shirts throughout the game, and a purple ribbon symbolizing the cause will be painted on the field in foul territory. Throughout June, a public service announcement featuring Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been airing on the Yankee Stadium centerfield video board prior to every home game.
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