NY Yankees Honor Local Prospector Theater For Employing Disabled Adults
Each year, the New York Yankees hold a HOPE week to honor individuals, organizations and/or business that are making a difference in the community.
"The Yankees' HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. On each of five consecutive days during the celebration of HOPE Week, the Yankees shine a spotlight on a different individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support," as written on their website.
We are extremely proud of their August 18, 2015 honoree. It just so happens to be a HooplaHa Partner and friend, The Prospector Theater! Valerie Jensen is the owner and shining light behind this magical theater. She was inspired by her sister who has Down syndrome. She realized how difficult with it for people with disabilities to find meaningful employment. So she turned a run down building, into a movie theater that is changing peoples' lives.
The Yankees are so impressed by Valerie and the theater, they not only made them a HOPE honoree but personally visited the theater. Members of the team spent time at the theater and got to know the very special employees. They also donated $10,000 to help The Prospector Theater continue to make the world a better place!
You can also see more from Valerie and her sparkling team in our original video!