Joe Torre Expands to West Coast
Foundation Opens Los Angeles Office
Los Angeles, CA – January 13, 2010, – The Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation today announced that it has opened a Los Angeles office, officially expanding to the West Coast. The Foundation, dedicated to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to grow up in a safe and abuse-free environment, was created by Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre and his wife, Ali, as a result of the impact that domestic violence had on Torre growing up as a child.
Spurred by the abuse he witnessed and endured, Joe and Ali founded the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation in 2002, in memory of Joe’s mother, Margaret. Its goal is to raise awareness and develop educational programs aimed at ending the cycle of domestic violence and saving lives.
“Domestic violence is a national tragedy that remains mostly hidden behind closed doors, affecting families of all cultures and economic means,” said Torre. “Our Foundation has yielded positive results in New York, and Ali and I have been eager to bring its work to the West Coast. Every child has the right to feel Safe At Home®.”
With its West Coast expansion, the Safe At Home® Foundation plans to expand its programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, beginning with the Los Angeles market. There are currently eleven Margaret’s Place sites in the New York tri-state area. The Foundation hopes to establish sites in Los Angeles by the Fall.
A tribute to Joe Torre’s mother, Margaret’s Place is a comprehensive program which provides middle and high school students a safe room in schools, where they can talk to each other and to a professional counselor trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention. Core components of the program include individual and group counseling, prevention workshops, peer leadership groups and staff, parent/family and community workshops. The non-threatening environment has proven to be an effective setting in which to promote discussion of issues surrounding violence, while also offering peer support and education.
One of the first Los Angeles events involving the Foundation will take place on the evening of Saturday, February 27, 2010. “Koufax & Torre…Safe At Home®,” presented by Verizon, an intimate evening featuring Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre and moderated by award-winning Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, will take place on-stage at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. Koufax and Torre will share memories, advice and personal stories at this highly-anticipated special evening. Proceeds from the charity event will benefit the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation through the STAPLES Center Foundation. Tickets go on sale today at 12:00 PM (PT), and are priced from $25.00 – $200.00. They are available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets for the “Exclusive VIP Dinner Packages” start at $2,500.00. For information on the exclusive pre-event dinner, contact Jennifer Lynch at (213) 742-7166.
“The Safe At Home® Foundation is extremely honored and excited to participate in this very special ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event with Sandy Koufax and T.J. Simers,” said Ali Torre, President, Safe At Home® Foundation. “While we continue to reach thousands of children, so many more need our help. The event is a terrific way to share Joe’s story and the Foundation’s goals with the Los Angeles community.”
The Safe At Home® Foundation has also announced that Jeff Kliewer has joined the organization as its new LA-based Director of Development. Kliewer comes from Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA, where he served as Director of Development. There, he secured over $600,000 towards the annual fund and capital campaign. Previously, Kliewer was Director of Development at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he secured major gifts ranging from $100,000 – $2.5 million to fund cancer research. Kliewer exceeded his major gift fundraising goal for the Cancer Center by 40 percent.
“We’re pleased to welcome Jeff to our team,” said Judith Lynn, Executive Director, Safe At Home® Foundation. “Jeff’s solid development experience and fundraising background will strengthen our ability to expand our operations and our reach.”
About the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation
The Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation was created in 2002 to bring a greater understanding, awareness and compassion to those suffering through the experience of domestic abuse. Its mission is to educate to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. It is under this guiding principle that the Foundation established its signature programming initiative, Margaret’s Place. For more information, please visit www.joetorre.org.