Cara Familet, Foundation Director of The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation | Family Office, was pleased to be among an intimate group of invited donors, hosted by Ali and Joe Torre, to hear the latest details on the launch of a new "Chairman's Circle Major Donor Program" to expand The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation services.  The meeting was held at SAH Board Member Frank P. Longobardi's offices at CohnReznick LLP on February 8 2018.  Much of the rest of the board and key staff were also present, to field questions and provide more information on the opportunity.  Previously, The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation was an "All-Star Sponsor" of the Safe at Home LA Dinner in 2017.

"Kids belong to all of us," said Joe Torre in his opening remarks. Mr. Torre started the organization, which helps children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, teen dating abuse, and community violence.  Their flagship program, "Margaret's Place," named after Joe's mother, provides dedicated safe rooms in schools, where respect and confidentiality is the rule. 

Pictured here:  Joe Torre speaking about the new Safe at Home "Chairman's Circle Major Donor Program."

The program, begun in 2002, to date has helped over 72,000 children, in 16 locations, and, according to the research presented at the meeting by their Executive Director Yolanda Jimenez, "95% of those children are now more hopeful about their future."

Pictured here: Seated left to right are SAH President Ali Torre, Board Member, Frank P. Longobardi, Chairman Joe Torre, and Executive Director Yolanda Jimenez at the offices of CohnReznick LLP on February 8, 2018.

Ali Torre helped out her hometown Cincinatti, opening a "Margaret's Place" there at Riverview East Academy in August 2017.  Most of the other programs are located in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas. 

"We hope to be able to support the Torres in their efforts again in 2018.  We hope to soon visit one of the Margaret's Place locations in New York to see the program at work in one of the schools here, and believe that their donor levels are attainable," offered Cara Familet, at the gathering. The donor levels range from $10,000-$50,000, per year for three years, and all of these levels will be considered part of "The Chairman's Circle," with recognition on the website, an invitation to a "Donor Thank You Event," at Yankee Stadium and 2-4 tickets to SAH events. For more information, please reach out to Development Director, Alan Kornblum, at alan@joetorre.org.

CFL3 Foundation had also attended the Safe at Home Gala in New York the previous year, where Mr. Chauncey F. Lufkin III, the foundation principal, was the winning bidder on several auction items, including what is now one of Mr. Lufkin's most cherished items - a Mariano Rivera Yankee shirt. Mr. Lufkin's family had the auction item framed for his 60th birthday in November, along with a plaque and accompanying baseball cards, honoring the Panamian-American pitcher.  

Pictured here: Mr. Lufkin's winning auction item, a Mariano Rivera #42 Yankees jersey, now framed with care.

Mr. Rivera played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013, as a relief pitcher and as the Yankees closer for 17 seasons.  Nicknamed "Mo" and "Sandman," Rivera is a thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series Champion. 

Pictured here: Joe Torre with The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation's Cara Familet and its Principal, Chauncey F. Lufkin III at a previous Safe at Home gala in New York.

More information on The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation can be found at www.joetorre.org.

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