The Turn 2 Foundation has made a $25,000 gift to the Bronson Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. The gift was the final donation needed to reach a match challenge started on April 29 when the
Glen C. and Gail G. Smith Fund
through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation offered to match gifts to Bronson up to $100,000. Turn 2 is a nonprofit organization started by retired New York Yankees star and Kalamazoo native, Derek Jeter, and his father, Dr. Charles Jeter. It was created to motivate young people to "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles.
Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation, says the gift is a way to give back to healthcare workers and their families. “Bronson employees have done so much for the health of our hometown community and it’s important for us to make sure they are supported as well,” says Sharlee.
In addition to the Turn 2 Foundation, a number of community members and organizations helped fulfill the match goal earlier this month. The Havirmill Foundation, Kim and Valerie Nuyen & Family, and an anonymous family foundation also made significant gifts during the challenge.