What it means: Founded in 1977, Boys Hope Girls Hope, is a national privately funded, non-profit organization that helps academically capable and motivated children in need to meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Boys Hope Girls Hope empowers children to realize the potential that is within them. This bow tie design is called Diamonds in the Rough and symbolizes the organization's efforts to bring out the best in each child. When Ken wore it: June 4, 2011, at the Cubs-Cardinals MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact Boys Hope Girls Hope.
Bow Tie Cause
MLB on FOX's Ken Rosenthal will once again be rocking a bow tie every Saturday on the MLB on FOX Game of the Week, a practice that started in 2011. Ken continues his partnership with NFL player Dhani Jones' organization Bow Tie Cause and he'll be donning the neckwear at MLB on FOX games to raise awareness for various charities. Watch Ken's interview with Jones, who explains his mission, its genesis and plans for this season. View the bow ties, learn what each represents and find out how to get involved...
Ken with the Phanatic
Ken's bow ties have become so popular that even the Philly Phanatic donned one on the broadcast of the Red Sox-Phillies game on MLB on FOX's Baseball Night in America on May 19, 2012.
Ken with Joe
Ken chatted with Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon at the team hotel upon the Rays' arrival in Boston. The Rays, known for their costumed road trips, had a "nerd"-themed plane ride and wore bow ties in honor of Ken. Maddon explains how his team used Ken as an inspiration to wear bow ties on a road trip to Boston for the May 26 Baseball Night in America game. The team distributed $3,000 among 18 charities as part of the tribute. See why Ken says Maddon is the "it" manager in baseball.
D-backs looking dapper
Ken retweeted this pic in 2012 of the D-backs relievers getting into the bow tie act. That's Josh Collmenter flanked by Craig Breslow and J.J. Putz. Ken's tweet: Dbacks’ pen bringing it! RT @joshrawitch: Check out our guys! @CraigBreslow: Just a few dilettantes #Putz #Collmenter
What it means: The camouflage bow tie was designed and made for the troops. For 70 years, the USO (United Service Organization) has provided a tangible way to say thank you to our troops through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. USO (United Service Organization) lifts the spirits of American troops and their families while staying true to its tagline: "Until Every One Comes Home." Dhani presented the troops with bow ties on a recent USO trip to Afghanistan (see more in next pane). When Ken wore it: Game 1 of the 2013 World Series: Cardinals vs. Red Sox; the 2013 All-Star Game; May 25, 2013, on MLB on FOX; Game 4 of the 2012 NLCS; Game 4 of the 2011 ALCS; May 28, 2011, on MLB on FOX; and July 2, 2011, on MLB on FOX. How you can get involved: Visit the USO website, "Like" the USO on Facebook and follow the organization on Twitter.
Dhani with the troops
In March 2012 BowTie Cause's Dhani Jones (second from left) had the opportunity to visit US troops as part of the annual USO/NFL trip. A group of NFL Players including San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes (center), traveled through Afghanistan for about a week and Dhani brought along camouflage bow ties as gifts.
The Space at Wofford College
What it means: Nearly 45% of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. The Space at Wofford College changes education by giving students of all majors real-world experience in consulting, entrepreneurship and professional readiness to give them a world-class education and skills employers want. BowTie Cause got involved after receiving a tweet from Jeremy Boeh, a Wofford student, former Army combat soldier and the least likely person on the planet to wear a bow tie. The design utilizes The Space’s transparent square logo — representing the space Wofford fills for its students between the theoretical and the practical. When Ken wore it: Game 2 of the 2013 World Series: Cardinals vs. Red Sox; and July 27, 2013, on MLB on FOX. How to get involved: Visit the organization's website; "Like" it on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.
Ken with Curtis
Ken interviewed Yankees CF Curtis Granderson prior to the April 14, 2012, Yankees game vs. the Angels about his educational foundation for children called Grand Kids. The son of two teachers, Granderson has always had a passion for education.
University of Toledo
What it means: During the University of Toledo's annual Tie One On event, head men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk and his staff wear bow ties to support the fight against prostate cancer and the University of Toledo Medical Center and Dana Cancer Center. Fans can make a donation to receive a bow tie and a ticket to the game. Tie One On's founder (and bow tie enthusiast) Larry Burns was aware of BowTie Cause and initiated a partnership. The bow tie design uses a vintage UT logo and the theme is carried out with the basketball team wearing throwback jerseys for the Tie One On game. UT has an ongoing partnership with the Detroit Tigers including signage at Comerica Park. When Ken will wear it: Game 3 of the 2013 World Series; April 20, 2013, on MLB on FOX; Game 3 of the 2012 World Series; and July 28, 2012, on MLB on FOX. How you can get involved: Visit the University of Toledo website, Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @UToledo.
Ken and University of Toledo mascots
During the 2012-13 offseason Ken attended the University of Toledo basketball game vs. Bowling Green for the Tie One On event benefitting the Dana Cancer Center at the University of Toledo. Those in the MLB family who have had prostate cancer include: MLB executive vice president of baseball operations and former Yankees and Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who was diagnosed in 1999; Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was diagnosed in 2001, while he was managing the San Francisco Giants; and Hall of Famer and the late St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, who was diagnosed in 1989.
Stand Up 2 Cancer
What it means: SU2C's mission is to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. The goal is to bring together the best and the brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort. MLB supports SU2C all season. When Ken wore it: Game 4 of the 2013 World Series; Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS; Game 2 of the 2011 ALCS; 2011 All-Star Game; May 14, 2011, on MLB on FOX; and June 11, 2011, on MLB on FOX. Whom he's wearing it for: In memory of his uncle, Dr. Fred Sheftell, and in support of his father, Ed Rosenthal. Also for Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday's mother, Kathy, who underwent cancer surgery before NLCS Game 4; Mets senior director of media relations Shannon Forde; and MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. How you can get involved: Contact Stand up 2 Cancer.
World Series Stands Up 2 Cancer again
During the 2013 World Series Game 4 in St. Louis, everyon in Busch Stadium, including the 47,469 fans plus players and umpires, media and staff participated in the fifth annual Stand Up To Cancer moment during a Fall Classic. After a countdown leading into the sixth inning, everyone held up an "I STAND UP FOR" placard on which they had written a name or names of people they love who are affected by cancer. The very next inning, Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer. "It was just pretty ironic that happened in the top of the sixth," Gomes said during his postgame news conference. "I think there were some angels above the stadium looking down on myself and everybody else." One of Gomes' placards was for his late high school coach, the other one was for a "battle-tested" 5-year-old fan.
Armed Forces Foundation — Navy
What it means: The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $75 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale among service members, veterans, and their families. When Ken wore it: Game 5 of the 2013 World Series; and May 26, 2012, on MLB on FOX. Who Ken wore it for: The U.S. Navy, founded on Oct. 13, 1775. Follow on Twitter @USNavy. How you can get involved: Visit the AFF website or follow them on Twitter @SupportAFF.
Ken with Cole
Ken interviewed Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels prior to the May 19 Red Sox-Phillies game about Hamel's Heroes, his charity for military veterans. Veterans and their guests receive Phillies home game tickets, concession coupons, and T-shirts. Some also get the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field before the game. Cole and wife Heidi created Hamels’ Heroes as a show of appreciation to all the servicemen and women who sacrifice each day to protect our freedom.
What it means: The Alzheimer's Association's vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. Designed in partnership with Terrell Owens, the pattern on this bow tie symbolizes the growth of neurons in the brain. Owens' grandmother suffers from Alzheimer's. When Ken wore it: Game 6 of the 2013 World Series; Game 1 of the 2012 NLCS; Game 7 of the 2011 World Series; and June 18, 2011, on MLB on FOX. Whom he wore it for: In honor of Joe Girardi's father Jerry, who had Alzheimer's and died on Oct. 6, 2012, and Reid Lyford, who has Alzheimer's disease and is the father of FOXSports.com's MLB editor Kathy Lyford. How you can get involved: Contact Alzheimer's Association.
Ken with Joe
Ken Rosenthal interviews Yankees manager Joe Girardi on June 18, 2011, about his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Girardi's dad died on Oct. 6, 2012.
What it means: The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The organization aims to raise awareness and Prevention of Child Abuse. The Ed Block recipients wore this bow tie at the group's gala in March in Baltimore. The foundation is auctioning bow ties from that event autographed by athletes including: Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Texans QB Matt Schaub, Cowboys TE Jason Witten and Ravens WR Torrey Smith. The bow tie's design incorporates the foundation's colors and helmet logo. The award is one of the most recognized NFL honors. Former Orioles SS Cal Ripken received a special award from the foundation for breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak. When Ken wore it: Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS; and Sept. 21, 2013, on MLB on FOX. How to get involved: Visit the Ed Block Foundation website; "Like" the group on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.
Cal Ripken honored
Orioles SS Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's streak on Sept. 6, 1995 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, playing in his 2,131st consecutive game. The Ed Block Foundation gave Ripken a special award to recognize the achievement.
Hope Starts Here
What it means: Hope Starts Here is a non-profit that supports undergraduate and graduate research through the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center — a collaboration between Marquette General Hospital and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, which performs research on brain tumors and brain cancer. UMBTC is also looking at the role of genetics on post-concussion syndrome. It has developed an app to assist athletic trainers and team physicians to make return-to-play decisions for student athletes. It holds an annual fundraiser called the Hope Starts Here Challenge. When Ken wore it: Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS; and the regular-season finale of MLB on FOX on Sept. 29, 2012. Who Ken wore it for: Michael Weiner, executive director of the MLBPA, who died Nov. 21, 2013, after battling a brain tumor for 15 months; and in memory of Steve Sabol the co-founder of NFL Films, who died Sept. 18 of brain cancer. How you can get involved: Contact Hope Starts Here or follow on Twitter @UMBTC and Facebook.
Fight of his life
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner began treatment for a brain tumor in August 2012. The 50-year-old Weiner succeeded Fehr in December 2009 to become just the fourth head of the union since 1966. He is widely liked and respected among players and management, and he has been credited for an improved relationship between sides.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
What it means: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was created in 1988 by a mother fighting to save her children. Worldwide, 900 children become infected with HIV every single day. EGPAF reaches millions of children, mothers and families with HIV prevention and treatment services — mostly in Africa, the center of the AIDS epidemic. Before losing her battle with AIDS in 1988, Glaser’s daughter Ariel painted how she envisioned the world. The bow tie design is inspired by that painting. When Ken wore it: Game 3 of the 2013 ALCS; and April 6, 2013, at the MLB on FOX season opener. How to get involved: Visit the organization's website and Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
Armed Forces Foundation — Air Force
What it means: The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $75 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale among service members, veterans, and their families. When Ken wore it: Game 4 of the 2013 ALCS; and May 5, 2012, on MLB on FOX. How you can get involved: Visit the AFF website or follow AFF on Twitter.
Ken with Brad
Ken talks with D-backs pitcher Brad Ziegler about his charity, Pastime for Patriots, which helps military personnel and their families in many ways, including providing them with tickets to baseball games, scholarship funds and more. Contact Ziegler through the website or on Twitter @bradziegler if you want to help.
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
What it means: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the largest private philanthropy in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research. Its mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer. Since 1998, OCRF has invested nearly $40 million in ovarian cancer research through grants to scientists at more than 60 medical centers in the US. OCRF has three active research programs and funds the best researchers and the most innovative projects. When Ken wore it: Game 5 of the 2013 ALCS; Game 4 of the 2012 World Series; Game 4 of the 2011 World Series; and Sept. 17, 2011, on MLB on FOX. Who he wore it for: Brenda Perrotto, an ovarian cancer survivor and wife of John Perrotto, national writer for BaseballProspectus.com and baseball columnist for the Beaver County (Pa.) Times. How you can get involved: Contact Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
What it means: Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the CFF in 1965 after learning that her three sons had the disease. She called every civic club, social club and service organization seeking financial support for research. Mary’s 4-year-old, Richard, who listened as she made each call, told his mom, “I know what you are working for. You are working for 65 Roses.” Since then, “65 Roses” is what children with Cystic Fibrosis call their disease because the words are easier for them to pronounce. When Ken wore it: Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS; May 18, 2013, on MLB on FOX; Game 1 of the 2012 World Series; Game 7 of the 2012 NLCS; Game 3 of the 2011 World Series; and Game 3 of the 2011 ALCS. How you can get involved: Visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website, "Like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Chipper gives back
Following his final season in 2012, Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, named after the former executive director of the MLBPA and given to one Major Leaguer whose "on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement." The Players Trust donated $50,000 to the charity of Jones' choice and he selected 65 Roses. "I'm honored to accept this award," Jones said. "I know it's not only for what you do on the field, but more importantly what you do off the field and the lives that you affect off the field."
Armed Forces Foundation — Army
What it means: The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $75 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families. When Ken wore it: May 12, 2012, on MLB on FOX. Who Ken wore it for: The U.S. Army, founded on June 14, 1775. Follow them on Twitter @USArmy. How you can get involved: Visit the AFF website or follow them on twitter @SupportAFF.
Ken with Alex
Ken interviewed Rays pitcher Alex Cobb prior to the Rays-Red Sox Baseball Night in America game on MLB on FOX about Cobb's brother, R.J., who serves in the Army and earned a Purple Heart after being injured while serving in Iraq.
What it means: BowTie Foundation was formed to support the specific philanthropic interests of Dhani Jones, who has worked with many non-profits to create signature bow ties through his BowTie Cause organization. The BowTie Foundation fosters the personal development of underprivileged youth through outreach programs and grants. Charities that design and create a bow tie with BowTie Cause can select the BowTie Foundation to receive funds generated by the sale of their signature bow tie. BowTie Foundation chose their first design to represent the city that has meant so much to Dhani; the City of Cincinnati Flag was used to create this limited-edition bow tie. All proceeds from the sale of this bow tie go directly toward organizations that support underprivileged youth in the Greater Cincinnati area. When Ken will wear it: Sept. 28, 2013 at the decisive Pirates-Reds game, the final MLB on FOX game of the 2013 regular season. How to get involved: Visit the BowTie Cause website; "Like" the organization on Facebook; and follow it on Twitter.
Will to Live
What it means: The Will To Live Foundation is a non-profit public charity formed three years ago by the family of Will Trautwein, who took his own life in October 2010. Will’s suicide was a complete shock. Over time, Will’s family found that this situation is tragically common, with a teen taking his or her life every two hours. The Foundation is committed to spreading teen suicide awareness and education and working with teens and young adults with their program called Life Teammates, which helps teens recognize that they have true love, support, and help sitting right next to them in the dugout, on the sideline or in the classroom — their friends. Co-founder John Trautwein was a 2011 recipient of the Big Ten Network’s LiveBig Award, a show hosted by BowTie Cause founder Dhani Jones. The design shows kids holding hands and comes from a drawing Will's sister Holyn, then 6, drew when she was asked to define Life Teammates. She drew a cartoon-like picture of her brother holding his best friends' hands. John Trautwein played for the Red Sox; his college catcher is Joe Girardi, the manager of the Yankees. Joe has supported the WTL foundation, as well as his friend and Life Teammate John. When Ken wore it: Sept. 14, 2013, at the Yankees-Red Sox game and Aug. 18, 2012, also at a Red Sox-Yankees game. How to get involved: Visit the Will To Live Foundation website, "Like" the organization on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.
Joe and Ken with the Trautweins
Ken interviewed Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Joe's Northwestern University teammate John Trautwein and John's kids, Michael and Holyn, about John's late son Will, who took his own life, and the Will to Live Foundation that they run in his honor to prevent teen suicide. Read more in this poignant column written by Ken.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
What it means: The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a national nonprofit that honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks and the World Trade Center bombing on Feb. 23, 1993. The institutions will also examine the ongoing implications of 9/11 and preserve its history to educate future generations. The 9/11 Memorial bow tie was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The REUNITE theme is key to the New York's 9/11 Memorial, which opened at the site of the Twin Towers on Sept. 12, 2011. The interlacing pattern of the word REUNITE is a reminder of how we all came together in the hours and days after the attack to support one another with limitless compassion as we can again to reunite and remember. As a New Yorker, Ken grew up with a passion for the city and two years ago returned to live there after 23 years in Baltimore. Dhani Jones made his way to NYC through the NFL Draft, when he was selected in 2000 by the New York Giants. "This city raised me and added a great chapter to my life," says Jones. "I love this city." When Ken wore it: Sept. 7, 2013, at the Red Sox-Yankees MLB on FOX game; Sept. 8, 2012, at the Dodgers-Giants game; Game 1 of the 2011 World Series; Aug. 27, 2011, at the Tigers-Twins game; and Sept. 10, 2011, at the Twins-Tigers game. How to get involved: Visit the 911 Memorial website, "Like" the organization on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.
Cuddyer's amazing 9/11 story
OF Michael Cuddyer, then with the Twins, tells the MLB on FOX crew about the twist of fate that prevented his minor-league teammate Brad Thomas from boarding one of Sept. 11's fateful flights. Read the whole story at FOX Sports North. Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial, explained to Ken Rosenthal how the 9/11 Memorial tie came about and what it signifies.
James Beard Foundation
What it means: The James Beard Foundation's mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Beard, who died in 1985, was a cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food and a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today the Beard Foundation, founded in 1986, administers educational initiatives, food industry awards, culinary scholarships, publications, chef advocacy training and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. The orange bow tie represents the color of the JBF website and the silver utensils reflect the culinary industry. When Ken wore it: Aug. 24, 2013, at the Dodgers-Red Sox MLB on FOX game How to get involved: Visit the JBF website, "Like" the organization on Facebook; and follow it on Twitter.
What it means: The Pablove Foundation is named after Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz, who was 6 when he lost his yearlong battle with bilateral Wilms’ Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, the Pablove Foundation's mission is to fight childhood cancer by funding innovative research and programs designed to educate and improve the lives of families nationwide. Dhani was introduced to The Pablove Foundation as a LIVESTRONG Ambassador. Pablo loved bow ties and enjoyed drawing; this bow tie is designed with characters called "Punch Guys," drawn by Pablo. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sharing a similar mission with Pablove, Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow's Strike Three Foundation heightens awareness, mobilizes support and raises funds for childhood cancer research. The Jimmy Fund, supported by the Red Sox, raises funds for cancer care and research for children and adults at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. When Ken wore it: Aug. 17, 2013, at the Yankees-Red Sox MLB on FOX game, Game 6 of the 2011 World Series; and Sept. 3, 2011, at the Rangers-Red Sox game. How you can get involved: Visit The Pablove Foundation website, "Like" the charity on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.
Craig and Jake do their part
Sharing a similar mission with Pablove, Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow's (pictured, left) Strike Three Foundation heightens awareness, mobilizes support and raises funds for childhood cancer research. The Jimmy Fund, supported by the Red Sox since 1953, raises funds for cancer care and research for children and adults at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (right) pledged $300 to the Jimmy Fund for every strikeout made by either the Red Sox or the Dodgers on Aug. 25 to support cancer research. Peavy made the pledge in recognition of his 300th major league start and in tribute to his grandmother, Dama Lolley, and former Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds — both of whom lost their battles with cancer. Dodgers pitchers struck out seven and Peavy struck out five so Peavy donated $3,500. The proceeds were added to the total of Aug. 27 and 28 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
What it means: Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, Calif., dedicated to: supporting artists, the creative process and the development of innovative ideas and artwork. We offer programs for artists and the public. Headlands Artist Luke Fischbeck crafted a custom print using images from one of his crowd-sourced drawing projects, a collaborative effort between artist and audience. The pattern includes the brushstrokes of hundreds of visitors to his art studio during an open house event at Headlands. When Ken wore it: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Rays-Dodgers MLB on FOX game. How to get involved: Visit the Headlands website; or "Like" the organization on Facebook.
National Kidney Foundation
What it means: There is no cure for kidney disease, but early detection can make a major difference and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is working to get the message out. One in nine Americans (26 million) live with chronic kidney disease; one in three adults (73 million) are at risk because of high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history. And the obese, elderly and minorities face increased risk. On average, 13 people die daily waiting for a kidney. The Greater Cincinnati Region of the NKF, the national office and regions across the country promote 3 Pillars: awareness, prevention and treatment to enhance the lives of people who experience, are at risk for or are affected by kidney disease. A volunteer wishing to honor her mother, who is suffering from kidney disease, initiated the connection between NKF and BowTie Cause. NKF's tagline, "Now! you know," inspired the bow tie's design. When Ken wore it: Aug. 3, 2013, at the Rangers-Athletics MLB on FOX game. How to get involved: Visit the NKF website; "Like" the organization on Facebook; and follow it on Twitter.
Pints for Prostates
What it means: Pints for Prostates uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important message about early detection of the disease, which one in six American males will face. Men are 33% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are to face breast cancer. According the National Cancer Institute, more than 238,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and nearly 30,000 will die from it. The design features the pint glass from the Pints for Prostates logo against a light blue background, to reflect the color of ribbons used to raise awareness for prostate cancer. When Ken wore it: July 20, 2013, at the Yankees-Red Sox MLB on FOX game. How to get involved: Visit the Pints for Prostates website, "Like" the organization on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.
Ken with Joe
Ken Rosenthal interviewed Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon in 2011 about his involvement in promoting prostate cancer awareness and testing, and how the disease has affected those close to him, including his father. Many other members of the MLB family have battled prostate cancer, including: Joe Torre, Dusty Baker, Hall of Famer Stan Musial, Bob Watson, Steve Garvey and Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
What it means: JDRF was the first non-profit to partner with BowTie Cause and was a result of Dhani Jones' friendship with Fernando Aguirre, the president/CEO of Chiquita Brands International. The bow tie was designed by Fernando's son Fabrizio, who has juvenile diabetes. It symbolizes the ups and downs of juvenile diabetes and incorporates the official colors of JDRF. When Ken wore it: July 13, 2013, at the Cardinals-Cubs game on FOX's Baseball Night in America. He also wore it July 21, 2012, at the Rangers-Angels game and April 23, 2011, at the Reds-Cardinals game. Who he wore it for: The late Cubs Hall of Famer Ron Santo, who had Juvenile Diabetes, which eventually led to the amputation of both legs. Ken also wore it in April for Max Rowe, a young friend of MLB on FOX broadcaster Joe Buck. Max is living with Juvenile Diabetes. How you can get involved: visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation website.
Ken explains why he wore the JDF bow tie in honor of the late Ron Santo, who played 2B for the Cubs and was the team's longtime broadcaster. Santo was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 22, 2012. The Cubs dedicated this statue to him at Wrigley Field in September 2011. Santo kept his Type 1 diabetes a secret during his playing days. The disease eventually led to the amputation of both legs below the knee. Santo died in December 2010 of bladder cancer. FOX broadcaster Joe Buck has taken up the cause to fight juvenile diabetes to honor his dear friend's son, Max Rowe, who has the disease.
Ronald McDonald House
What it means: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati provides a supportive “home away from home” for families and their children who are receiving treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or other area hospitals, regardless of their ability to contribute to their stay. Ronald McDonald House offers all the comforts of home so families can best support their critically ill children. The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Ronald McDonald House reached out to Dhani to share their mission regarding the work they perform in the Cincinnati area. The heart design is inspired by RMDH's slogan: Home is where the heart is. When Ken wore it: July 6, 2013, at the Dodgers-Giants game on FOX's Baseball Night in America; Game 2 of the 2012 NLCS; and April 30, 2011, at the Mets-Phillies game. Whom Ken wore it for: Cliff Lee's son Jackson, who is a cancer survivor, and all families with a sick child. How you can get involved: Visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati's website; "Like" the org on Facebook; and Follow it on Twitter.
Ken with Cliff
Ken Rosenthal talked with Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee on April 30, 2011, about his involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities and his son Jackson's cancer battle.
What it means: Headquartered in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) is a one of the leading health care systems in the United States. JHM sets the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care; educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine. For its annual charitable initiative, FOX Sports Supports, FOX Sports Media Group selected JHM’s research into autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and ALS. JHM created this one-off bow tie for Ken; the design resembles the hospital's colorful glass facade. FOX's baseball broadcasters raise awareness about the importance of JHM’s research into autoimmune disorders, which affect an estimated 23.5 million Americans — more than cancer (9 million) or heart disease (up to 22 million). Researchers estimate one in 12 women and one in 20 men will develop an autoimmune disease. JHM conducts extensive research into the causes of and develops treatment for autoimmune diseases including MS, lupus, arthritis and myositis. When Ken wore it: June 29, 2013, at the Yankees-Orioles Baseball Night in America game on FOX. How to get involved: Visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, "Like" it on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.
Ken with Monica
Ken spoke with Orioles PR director Monica Barlow on June 29, 2013, about her battle with lung cancer and her treatment at Johns Hopkins.
What it means: On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado hit Joplin, Mo., killing 161 and destroying nearly a third of the city (7,500 homes, 553 businesses, five schools and a medical center). The Rock a Joplin BowTie effort raises awareness about Joplin’s recovery and raises funds for: Spiva Center for the Arts, which champions the healing power of art and provides opportunities to express emotions that are difficult to articulate; and Rebuild Joplin, which works toward long-term recovery and provides safe, secure, affordable housing. Joplin native Brent Beshore, who raised the first $1.7M for Joplin’s recovery, suggested this bow tie. Its look was the result of a community-wide contest. Spiva received 200 entries; Joplin artist Margie Moss created the winning design. When Ken wore it: June 22 at the Rangers-Cardinals Baseball Night in America game on FOX. How you can get involved: Visit the Spiva Arts website and the Rebuild Joplin website; "Like" Rebuild Joplin on Facebook; and follow Spiva Arts and Rebuild Joplin on Twitter.
Cardinals and Royals aid Joplin
On May 22, 2011, a tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., killing 161 and destroying nearly a third of the city. The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals organizations sent teams to Joplin to help rebuild. Each organization built five homes in the tornado zone.
Wisconsin ALS Chapter
What it means: The ALS Association seeks to create a world without Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise know as Lou Gehrig's Disease. There is no cure for ALS. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed and every 90 minutes someone dies of ALS. The Wisconsin ALS Chapter is a leading fund-raiser for research, including the Jeff Kaufman study currently underway at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Designed in partnership with Ben Kaufman, whose father Jeff died in 2010 after 21 years with the disease, the bow tie represents light at the end of the tunnel and is inspired by Jeff Kaufman's 1995 Newsweek article "Digging Your Own Tunnel." When Ken wore it: June 13, 2013, at the Yankees-Angels Baseball Night in America game on MLB on FOX; he also wore it for Game 6 of the 2012 NLCS; Game 2 of the 2011 World Series; and July 9, 2011, on the Braves-Phillies broadcast. Who Ken wore it for: In memory of Jeff Kaufman and Yankee great Lou Gehrig, six-time World Series champion, who died of the disease June 2, 1941. Also for Dhani Jones' friend Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints safety who is waging an ongoing battle with ALS. How you can get involved: Visit the Wisconsin ALS Chapter's website; "Like" the organization on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.
Ken with Brian
On July 9, 2011, Ken interviewed Phillies catcher Brian Schneider (since retired), whose grandmother died from ALS, the Phillies' main charity.
Scoliosis Research Society
What it means: The Scoliosis Research Society is dedicated to the education, research and treatment of spinal deformity (kyphosis and scoliosis). SRS' fosters optimal care for patients with spinal deformity, which affects millions of all ages worldwide. Earlier screening and treatment can prevent pain, limited activity and premature spinal degeneration. Ken Rosenthal initiated this bow tie with BowTie Cause to honor his daughter Sarah, who underwent surgery in 2011 to correct curvature of the spine. The bow tie was designed by Dr. Lloyd Hey’s daughter, also named Sarah, who adapted the pattern from the original 1966 SRS logo. Dr. Hey, a high school classmate of Ken's, operated on Sarah Rosenthal. When Ken wore it: June 8, 2013 at the Angels-Red Sox MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game and Game 1 of the 2011 ALCS. Who he wore it for: In honor of his daughter Sarah; out of gratitude to Dr. Hey; and in tribute to all those children and adults who are affected by spinal deformity. How you can get involved: Visit the Scoliosis Research Society website or "Like" the org on Facebook.
Scoliosis Research Society
The Scoliosis Research Society tie is in honor of Ken's 15-year-old daughter Sarah, who recently underwent surgery to correct curvature of the spine. It's a condition Ken is all-to-familiar with. In an amazing twist of fate, Sarah's surgeon was someone from Ken's past. Read the whole amazing story here. Ken is pictured here, alongside Joe Torre, proudly wearing the SRS tie.
Gardner Family Center for Parkinson's
What it means: Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson's disease. The Cincinnati ShakeUp for Parkinson’s is a special collaboration between the Brian Grant Foundation and University of Cincinnati Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement disorders. Former Xavier University and NBA player Brian Grant was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's at the age of 36. At last year's event, BowTie Cause founder Dhani Jones tied a bow tie on anyone who bought one. This bow tie's design is patterned after the chemical formula for dopamine; a depletion of dopamine is the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. When Ken wore it: June 1, 2013, at the Red Sox-Yankees MLB on FOX game; April 21, 2012, at the Yankees-Red Sox game. How you can get involved: Visit the websites for the Brian Grant Foundation and the Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders; "Like" the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute on Facebook; and follow it on Twitter.
White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham's grandfather has been living with Parkinson's for nearly a decade. Beckham launched Out of the Park for Parkinson’s in 2010 to raise awareness and support to help end Parkinson’s disease. All proceeds benefit the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a non-profit organization that funds research, education and outreach programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.
American Diabetes Association
What it means: The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes; another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes. When Ken wore it: May 4, 2013, at the Orioles-Angels MLB on FOX Game of the Week; and April 7, 2012, at the Red Sox-Tigers MLB on FOX season premiere. Whom Ken wore it for: The late Ron Santo, who did not let Type 1 diabetes stop him from having a Hall of Fame career at third base for the Cubs. Santo also had a long career as a Cubs broadcaster. How you can get involved: Visit the American Diabetes Association website "Like" them Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Diabetics in baseball
Several past and current MLB players have type 1 diabetes including (from left): Rays OF Sam Fuld, Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow and A's OF Michael Taylor. Ken Rosenthal wrote about Taylor and his challenges in 2010. FOX Sports Florida wrote about Fuld and his camp for young diabetics in February 2012. Other MLB players with diabetes include: Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan, Rangers pitcher Mark Lowe, former players Cecil Fielder, David Wells, Dmitri Young, Dave Pember, Dave Hollins, Jason Johnson, Dave Reichert and Bill Gullickson and late Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Catfish Hunter and Ron Santo.
What it means: The Multiple Sclerosis Society envisions a world free of MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms may as be mild as numbness in the limbs, or as severe as paralysis or loss of vision. Every week 200 more individuals are diagnosed with the disease. The design represents a cross section of many healthy myelin sheaths to promote the idea that a cure is imminent. When Ken wore it: April 27 at the Red-Nats MLB on FOX Saturday Game of the Week; Game 2 of the 2012 World Series on FOX; and Sept. 22, 2012, at the MLB on FOX Saturday game. Whom Ken wore it for: Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman's mother Cheryl, who was diagnosed in 1995 and Rangers GM Jon Daniels' mother Mindy who was diagnosed 15 years ago. How to get involved: Visit the National MS Society website, Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @mssociety
Nats' Ryan Zimmerman fights for his mom
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (pictured with wife Heather) is an outspoken advocate for MS treatment and research. He spoke with Ken Rosenthal about his mother Cheryl, who was diagnosed with MS in 1995, and the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in 2005. The ziMS Foundation works closely with the MS Society in Washington DC and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis by funding comprehensive support and educational programs.
What it means: Autism affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Autism Speaks, founded in 2005 and now the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism and raising public awareness. The tie is based on the organization's puzzle piece logo design. Working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. April is National Autism Awareness Month. When Ken wore it: April 13, 2013, at the Braves-Nationals MLB on FOX Saturday Game of the Week; and April 28, 2012, at the Brewers-Cardinals MLB on FOX game. Whom Ken wore it for: Maury Brown’s son Travis and Mitch Williams' sons. How you can get involved: Visit the Autism Speaks website "like" them on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @AutismSpeaks.
Ken and Mitch discuss Autism Speaks
Ken interviewed former pitcher and current FOX and MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams In April 2012 about his two sons who have Asperger's syndrome and how his family is coping. Asperger's is an autism spectrum disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
What it means: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Bow Tie was designed by Dhani Jones and his lifelong friend, Kunta Littlejohn, whose battle with cancer was the inspiration for Bow Tie Cause. The silver lining is symbolic of optimism. The red blood droplet is the logo for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The pattern represents cell growth. When Ken wore it: Oct. 17, 2012, at Game 3 of the NLCS on FOX; July 30, 2011, at the Angels-Tigers MLB on FOX Saturday Game of the Week; and April 9, 2011, at the Yankees-Red Sox MLB on FOX Saturday game. Whom he wore it for: July 30: Baseball writer Dave Cameron; April 9: Boston pitcher Jon Lester. How you can get involved: Contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Ken with Jon
Boston pitcher Jon Lester (above with Ken on April 9, 2011), was diagnosed with Lymphoma at age 22. He's been cancer free since 2007. See what Lester had to say about his survival. Ken also wore the Leukemia & Lymphoma tie on July 30, 2011, for his friend, baseball writer Dave Cameron. Even though Ken's Twitter feed was blowing up all week with trade deadline nuggets, he took time out for the following tweet: "More important than anything I will report this week. Will wear Leukemia and Lymphoma Society bow tie for @d_a_cameron on Saturday."
Horn of Africa
What it means: The United State Agency for International Development (USAID)launched the FWD (Famine, War, Drought) Campaign to raise awareness around the crisis in the Horn of Africa, where drought, coupled with conflict in Somalia, has affected more than 13 million people. To assist with public awareness, BowTie Cause designed a bow tie that evokes the continent of Africa, highlighting the Horn, or Somali Peninsula. In addition, USAID hosted "BowTie Friday," which included a panel on Sport as a Catalyst for International Development. Among those on the panel were former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and current Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings. USAID held a similar panel in New York City where Pedro Martinez was a panel member and spoke of his charity work in the Dominican Republic. When Ken wore it: Sept. 15, 2012, at the Rays-Yankees MLB on FOX Saturday game. How to get involved: Visit FWD Campaign or follow on Twitter: @USAID
Dhani with Pedro
USAID hosted a panel in New York City on which Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez participated, speaking of his charity work in the Dominican Republic.
What it means: Morehouse College was founded in 1867 and is a Historically Black College (HBCU) in Atlanta, Ga. In February of this year, Dhani was a distinguished guest lecturer as part of their Well Dressed Man initiative and brought signature Morehouse bow ties with him. As one of the few all male HBCU’s remaining, Morehouse developed the Five Wells, which holds that Morehouse men are renaissance men with a social conscience and global perspective. There is a history of presidential support for HBCU’s, which continues through the White House Initiative on HBCUs. When Ken will wear it: Sept. 1 at the Cardinals-Nationals MLB on FOX Saturday game. How you can get involved: Visit Morehouse College and follow them on Twitter @Morehouse.
Donn Clendenon earned 12 letters in football, basketball and baseball at Morehouse College. He went on to become the 1969 World Series MVP when his New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games. Clendenon died in 2005. Other noted Morehouse alums include Martin Luther King Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee, who can often be seen supporting his local teams: the Yankees, Knicks and Jets.
What it means: Nick Gilbert, the 15-year-old son of Cleveland Cavaliers chairman-majority owner Dan Gilbert was born with Neurofibromatosis and has battled the disease his entire life. Last year Gilbert served as the 2011 National Children’s Tumor Foundation ambassador and helped raise more than $100,000 for the cause, including a match by Dan Gilbert. The bow tie was designed with the Cavaliers; its proceeds benefit CTF and the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation. This continues the Cavaliers’ Legacy Project at the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation where the team built outdoor basketball courts last summer. When Ken wore it: Aug. 25 at the Braves-Giants MLB on FOX Saturday game. How you can get involved: Contact Children's Tumor Foundation and follow them on Twitter @ChildrensTumor.
Nick Gilbert, the 15-year-old son of Cleveland Cavaliers chairman-majority owner Dan Gilbert, was born with Neurofibromatosis. He wore the Cavaliers bow tie when he represented the Cavs at the NBA Draft Lottery the last two years. Here, he is seen holding a Cavs jersey at the 2011 draft, flanked by his brother Grant and his father.
What it means: Artfully Disheveled, a men's accessories company in Cincinnati, approached BowTie Cause to commission a bow tie to represent their corporate social responsibility. Dhani collaborated with them to design 4 Corners, representing the core values of BowTie Cause: critical thought, collaboration, self-representation and service. Bow Tie Cause, launched on May 8, 2010, in Cincinnati, to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has partnered with more than 70 nonprofit organizations around the country, raising upwards of $400,000. When Ken will wear it: July 14, 2012, at the Cardinals-Reds MLB on FOX Game of the Week. Who Ken will wear it for: BowTie Cause and its mission to support others through design and creation of bow ties to raise awareness while generating funds. How to get involved: Visit BowTie Cause and follow them on Twitter @BowTieCause.
Ken with Brandon
Ken gives Reds 2B Brandon Phillips a little education (and playful ribbing) about fashion and Cincinnati's own BowTie Cause.
Cancer Support Community
What it means: The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit that provides support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. CSC is one of the largest employers of psycho-social oncology mental health professions in the US and offers a menu of personalized services and education for people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support services available through a network of professionally led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone. When Ken will wear it: At the 83rd MLB All-Star Game on MLB on FOX on July 10, 2012. How to get involved: Visit the Cancer Support Community website and follow on Twitter @CancerSupportCM
David Cook fights cancer
Recording artist and "American Idol" Season 7 winner David Cook (shown at the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game in Kansas City the week of the MLB All-Star Game) appeared the third MLB All-Star Game 5K Charity & Fun Run presented by Nike on July 8, 2012. Cook was joined by All-Star Ambassador and Hall of Famer George Brett; three-time All-Star Jeff Montgomery; five-time Royals All-Star and MLB Network Analyst Mike Sweeney; Alison Sweeney, host of "The Biggest Loser." MLB will donate 100 percent of net proceeds from the event to three charities supporting cancer research and awareness — Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
What it means: Arkansas Commitment was established in 1999 by Dr. Dean Kumpuris. The nonprofit, based in Little Rock, was created to identify academically talented African-American high school students throughout central Arkansas and guide them to become leaders of society at large as well as within the African-American community in Arkansas. Participants in Arkansas Commitment have earned over $25 million in financial aid. For the past two years they've celebrated their accomplishments through the annual BowTie Bash. When Ken wore it: July 7, 2012, at the Yankees-Red Sox MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. How you can get involved: Visit the Arkansas Commitment website and follow them on Twitter, @ARCommitment.
Derek doing good
We've told you about Yankees CF Curtis Granderson's dedication to education. His teammate Derek Jeter is also doing his part to mold the leaders of tomorrow. The shortstop's Turn Two Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Jeter's Leaders is a youth leadership, social change program funded by the Turn 2 Foundation. The program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, academic achievement, and social change activism among high school students.
People Working Cooperatively
What it means: People Working Cooperatively is a non-profit serving low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. PWC strengthens communities by providing professional, critical home repairs, weatherization, modification and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes. Launched by two employees in a garage in Covington, Ky., PWC set out to provide low-income households with minor home repair and weatherization services. Now in its 37th year, PWC has proudly provided more than 250,000 services to eligible clients, who on average earn under $13,000 a year. Typically, these individuals face challenges due to illness, disability, job loss or other circumstances. When Ken wore it: June 30, 2012, at the Mets-Dodgers MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. How you can get involved: Visit the People Working Cooperatively website and follow them on Twitter @PWCCincy
Ken with Andre
Ken interviewed Dodgers RF Andre Ethier about his oblique injury and his new contract. And speaking of people working cooperatively, Andre weighs in on the new Dodgers ownership, which is taking positive steps to rebuild the proud franchise.
Lighthouse Youth Services
What it means: Lighthouse Youth Services was founded in 1969 by a small group of African-American women and is nationally recognized as a model organization that advances the dignity and well-being of children, youth and families in need. Lighthouse has a residential rehabilitation center called Paint Creek, which is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding youth corrections facilities in the country with a recidivism rate of less than half of traditional institutions. When Ken wore it: June 23, 2012, at the Yankees-Mets MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. Who Ken wore it for: Children, youth and families in need. Especially for the young men of Paint Creek as they strive for success. How you can get involved: Visit the Lighthouse Youth Services website and follow them on Twitter @Brighter_Lives.
Dhani with Vinny
Dhani's former Bengals teammate, Vinny Rey, became involved with Lighthouse this year and visited Paint Creek. Vinny spoke to the young men and had them design bow ties based on their life stories.
Easter Seals' Make the First Five Count
What it means: The first five years of life are crucial to every young child's development. Every year, millions enter kindergarten with unidentified disabilities and developmental delays that put them far behind their peers. That's why Easter Seals created Make the First Five Count to address early identification and early intervention services. Easter Seals' Make the First Five Count gives children the support they need to be school-ready and to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. When Ken wore it: June 16, 2012, at the Red Sox-Cubs MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. Who Ken wore it for: More than one million young children with unidentified disabilities. How you can get involved: Visit Make the First Five Count website to show support and also follow on Twitter @Easter_Seals.
Ryan and Riley
Ken interviewed pitcher Ryan Dempster, then with the Cubs, before the Red Sox-Cubs interleague series about the prospect of being traded. Dempster and his wife Jenny have a son, Brady, 6, and two daughters, Riley, 3, and Finley, 1. Riley (pictured with her bow-tied pop) was born with 22q11.2 deletion, or DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affected her ability to swallow. She is now attending pre-school, “doing great,” Dempster said. Dempster and his daughter were all dolled up for the 2012 Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation casino night at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago on May 9, 2012. The foundation provides financial support to charities in the Chicagoland area that assist and comfort critically ill children. In 2011, the March of Dimes Illinois Chapter worked with Dempster's Foundation to spread awareness about DiGeorge Syndrome.
Project Haiti Orphanage and Children's Center
What it means: Project Haiti Orphanage and Children's Center supports rebuilding in Haiti, which faces ongoing devastation following the January 2010 earthquake. Project Haiti will tell many of the hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti that they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about. With pro bono design partner HOK, the U.S. Green Building Council is catalyzing the green building movement to rebuild this orphanage. The design and colors of the bow tie come from the Haitian flag. When Ken wore it: June 9, 2012, at the Mets-Yankees MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. How you can get involved: Visit Project Haiti to donate and follow on Twitter: @USGBC.
Ken with CC
Ken chats with Yankees ace CC Sabathia about his recent sightseeing adventure with young Haitian refugees as part of Hope Week, the Yankees' charitable endeavor.
The Charlie Foundation
What it means: Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. The Charlie Foundation aims to make a difference in the lives of children with epilepsy. When Charlie's parents realized that he was one of hundreds of thousands of children whose families were either not being informed, or being misinformed, about dietary therapy, they started The Charlie Foundation. Jack Schiff, an epileptic child who — along with his family — has been affected by the Charlie Foundation, designed this bow tie. The lightning bolts represent the electrical short-circuit in the brain that causes a seizure. When Ken will wear it: June 2, 2012, at the Yankees-Tigers MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. Who Ken will wear it for: Jack Schiff and all the other children affected with Epilepsy. How you can get involved: Contact The Charlie Foundation.
Buddy Bell, who has epilepsy, played for 17 years in the major leagues for four teams (Indians, Rangers, Reds and Astros). He was a five-time All-Star and a six-time Gold Glove winner. He's also managed for the Tigers, Rockies and Royals. Bell is currently director of operations for the Chicago White Sox's minor league system. Other major leaguers who had epilepsy include: Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, Hall of Fame second baseman Tony Lazzeri, infielder Hal Lanier and first baseman Greg Walker.
Armed Forces Foundation — Marines
What it means: The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $75 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families. When Ken wore it: May 19, 2012, at the Red Sox-Phillies MLB on FOX Baseball Night in America Game of the Week. Who Ken wore it for: The U.S. Marine Corps, founded on Nov. 10, 1775. Follow on Twitter @USMC. How you can get involved: Visit the AFF website or follow them on Twitter @SupportAFF.
Ken with Dustin
Ken interviewed Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia prior to the May 19 Red Sox-Phillies game about his involvement in the 2012 Run-Walk to Home Base event scheduled to take place at Fenway Park on May 20. Participants run or walk through Boston, ending by crossing home plate at Fenway. Food, entertainment and family fun activities are provided in the ballpark concourses. Funds raised help provide services to local veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Page Education Foundation
What it means: Alan Page played in the NFL for 15 years and was the first defensive player to ever be voted league MVP. A Notre Dame grad (1967), he attended law school while playing pro ball, earning his Juris Doctor in 1978. Alan has a deep and abiding belief in the importance of education and recognizes the need for our educational system to reach more young people of color. In his 1988 NFL Hall of Fame induction speech he announced the formation of Page Education Foundation. The bow tie design represents the power one person has when utilizing a platform for positive change. When Ken wore it: April 14, 2012, at the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees MLB on FOX Saturday Game of the Week. How you can get involved: Contact the Page Education Foundation or follow on Twitter: @PageEdFdn
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
What it means: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a national organization that serves neighbors in need, regardless of race or religious affiliation. When difficult situations arise — a lost job, an illness or unexpected expense — the most basic necessities like food, shelter, medicine, clothing and transportation can become impossible to afford. Practical, person-to-person care offered in a respectful and loving way can make a world of difference to those in need. This BowTie was chosen for SVDP Cincinnati from the line of Dhani's bow ties to go along with a fashion fundraiser called Retrofittings. When Ken wore it: Aug. 20, 2011, at the Brewers-Mets MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Ken Rosenthal talks with Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand about overcoming the odds in his recovery from a spinal injury suffered on the field last season. How you can get involved: Contact Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation
What it means: The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation bow tie was inspired by John DiPippa, a professor at the Clinton School of Public Service and dean of the Bowen School of Law. DiPippa was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2009 and underwent surgery two months later to remove his prostate. An avid cyclist, he participated in a 100-mile bike ride just six months after his surgery. Dean DiPippa is an advocate and board member for APCF. The design utilizes the colors of APCF and represents men connected and standing together in the fight against prostate cancer. When Ken wore it: Aug. 13, 2011, at the Yankess-Rays MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.
What it means: The bow tie for Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG was created in August 2010 when Dhani Jones became a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, committing to cancer activism and using his voice and public platform to inspire individuals and rally support. The yellow circles represent the familiar LIVESTRONG bracelets. The spokes in each circle represent the wheels of a bicycle and are symbolic of bringing everyone together to the center in the fight against cancer, as Dhani and Lance did when they visited the Abramson Cancer Center in Philly. When Ken wore it: Aug. 6, 2011, at the Red Sox-Yankees MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact LIVESTRONG.
Ken interviews Red Sox pitcher and cancer survivor Jon Lester about his involvement with LIVESTRONG, his current health status and the importance of awareness. Lester wears special a special yellow glove and yellow shoes in July to promote and support LIVESTRONG. He also taped a LIVESTRONG PSA.
What it means: The Breakthrough bow tie came about via Dhani Jones involvement with Breakthrough Cincinnati where he mentors three students and sits on the board of directors. Breakthrough Cincinnati is an affiliate of the Breakthrough Collaborative national network, which uses its “students-teaching-students” model to launch motivated middle-school students on the path to college and to prepare older students for careers in education. The bow tie's design represents the fundamentals of the program: academic rigor, especially in reading, math and science; and a focus on college-prep and graduation. When Ken wore it: July 23, 2011, at the Braves-Reds MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact Breakthrough Collaborative to learn about a program in your community.
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips schooled the Braves with a pair of run-scoring doubles. Ken Rosenthal interviewed him about his performance and his bow tie bias. How you can get involved: Contact Breakthrough Collaborative to learn about a program in your community.
Arkansas Children's Hospital
What it means: Cliff and Kristen Lee are members of Children’s Circle of Care for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a program that recognizes individual leadership donors and is part of the activities of the Woodmark Group, a national association of 25 North American pediatric hospitals dedicated to fostering the highest standards in philanthropy and giving. The "safety net" design was created by ACH to represent the collective efforts of its donors. When Ken wore it: May 21, 2011, at the Rangers-Phillies MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast in primetime. How you can get involved: Contact Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Ken Rosenthal interviews Texas Rangers star Michael Young about his involvement in the charity Wipe Out Kids Cancer. Young works with Children's Medical Center in Dallas, which is part of the Woodmark Group, a national association of 25 North American pediatric hospitals. Ken also chats with injured Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who works closely the another Woodmark facility — Children's Hospital of Philadelphia — providing game tickets for the young patients there. Of Woodmark Group's 25 hospitals, 20 are in or near MLB cities.
St. Xavier High School
What it means: St. Xavier High School assists young men to become leaders through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition. The school, whose motto is "Men for Others," created its retention program to assist non-traditional students to reach their full potential — academically, socially, spiritually and personally. The subtle X in the pattern of the bow tie reflects the school’s Long Blue Line tradition, while the geometric design represents the Jesuit approach to leading within complex, changing environments. Designed for the school's annual gala (Xtravaganza), the signature St. X BowTie helped raise over $30,000 to support the program. Dhani visited the school and taught students how to tie a bow tie. When Ken wore it: Game 5 of the 2011 World Series on FOX between the Cardinals and Rangers, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas; and July 16, 2011, at the Phillies-Mets MLB on FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcast. How you can get involved: Contact St. Xavier High School.
Dress for Success
What it means: Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 110 cities across the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, the West Indies and New Zealand. The professional clothing and employment-retention programs and ongoing support provided to clients is a symbol of the organization's faith in every woman's ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career. Dress for Success depends on a team of qualified, passionate and dedicated individuals, organizations and companies. When Ken wore it: Oct. 15, 2011, at Game 6 of the ALCS on FOX game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. How you can get involved: Contact Dress for Success.