Yankees announce return of HOPE Week in 2024

Yankees to host pregame ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, at George M. Steinbrenner Field to honor Delanie’s Lemonade Stand

Award-winning community event will take place this season from June 17-21 in New York

The New York Yankees are proud to announce the return of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) in 2024 for the 15th edition of the event. The initiative is a unique week-long community program that brings to light five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities. HOPE Week 2024 will take place in New York from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21.

Each day over the five-day stretch, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support, surprising honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. Outreach will often take place away from Yankee Stadium, allowing the Yankees to personally connect with individuals in settings that highlight their greatest successes.

This year’s event will mark the 11th year that the organization’s minor league teams will hold their own HOPE Weeks, allowing the initiative to touch the communities of our affiliates in the United States and Dominican Republic.

HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. Fans can learn more about the initiative and nominate inspirational individuals for HOPE Week recognition by visiting the official website at www.hopeweek.com.


To further recognize and acknowledge the Yankees’ commitment to Tampa and the surrounding area, the Yankees will (for the 11th time) celebrate HOPE Week with a local, Tampa-based spring training honoree.

This year’s spring training honoree is Delanie Dennis, who founded Delanie’s Lemonade Stand, which has raised and donated more than $100,000 to support local animal rescues. Over the last three years, her annual “Squeeze the Day” adoption fair has found forever homes for over 75 animals.

Delanie Dennis will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa prior to the Yankees’ 6:35 p.m. game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Delanie’s Lemonade Stand was founded in April 2019 by then seven-year-old Delanie Dennis, who started the organization in her family’s Tampa restaurant, Cafe Delanie. Pledging proceeds towards animal rescue efforts, the now 12-year-old has handpicked 36 different rescue programs that have received donations. In addition to a small stand that is always set up at the Cafe, Delanie has a portable lemonade stand that pops up at events in and around Tampa. Named the 2022 ASPCA “Kid of the Year,” Delanie and her family are committed to raising awareness and funds to protect animals in need, one cup of lemonade at a time.

To learn more about Delanie’s Lemonade Stand, please visit Café Delanie’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CafeDelanie/.


(Please also visit www.hopeweek.com)

At its core, HOPE Week is about people helping people. The one thing everybody has — no matter their background or financial situation — is time. By involving every one of our players and coaches, Manager Aaron Boone, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman, front office staff and our minor league affiliates during the celebration of HOPE Week, the Yankees send the message that everyone can give of themselves to make their community a better place.

Equally significant during HOPE Week is garnering publicity for the highlighted causes and organizations. The greatest challenge facing many not-for-profits is generating interest, awareness and funding for their missions.

At the conclusion of every HOPE Week since 2010, the Yankees organization has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given “in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.” The awards are bestowed by AmeriCorps, which empowers Americans from all backgrounds to answer the President’s Call to Service.

The Yankees encourage all their fans to get involved … Give HOPE!