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.

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