Execs trade beds for sleeping bags at Yankee Stadium to raise homelessness awarenessPosted: Updated:
The bright lights of Yankee Stadium spotlighted the issue of homelessness Thursday night.
Hundreds of leaders from the business, sports and entertainment industries slept out at the stadium to kick of a nationwide week of advocacy. They are leaving their beds for sleeping bags and cardboard boxes donated by Clancy Relocation and Logistics.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was among those turning attention to the 33,000 young people in New York City who will experience homelessness this year.
"George Steinbrenner took a liking to me and took me along the way, and guided me, mentoring me in a way that made me the New York Yankees GM," says Cashman. "So I had a guiding light in a professional way, giving me an opportunity, and all these kids need our opportunities. They need more than just an office, they need a place to lay their heads, to get a good night's sleep and three square meals a day."
It is the ninth annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition, with the goal to raise $10 million at 19 of their Sleep Out events. The money raised will go toward programming for the youth, like education programs, job training, medical services, counseling, legal aid and more.
This is the first year the event is being held at Yankee Stadium.
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