Yankee Players Surprise Local Senior Home Party

by Nolan Silbernagel
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Trade Baseball for Manicures

The employees and residents of the East Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx were getting ready for what was originally thought to be a regular Thursday visit by the local organization, the GlamourGals. GlamourGals is a group of high school and college aged males and females who pay frequent visits to nursing homes and pamper them with manicures and makeovers. However, this special event was enhanced by some unexpected visitors.

Before the GlamourGals could get to work, New York Yankees’ outfielders Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner along with relief pitcher David Robertson walked into the party hall to the shock of the GlamourGal participants and the joy of the senior residents as part of GlamourGals selection to be honored during HOPE Week.

The three baseball players went around and introduced themselves to every resident and usually held lengthy conversations with them. Also, even though it’s unclear how good they actually were, they all took turns helping out the GlamourGals by giving the residents manicures and makeovers.

GlamourGals began in 2000 by Rachel Doyle when she was only 17 years old. Inspired by the passing of her grandmother in a nursing home, Doyle has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations and to make sure that residents in nursing homes can expect a visitor on a regular basis.

After everyone got a chance to meet the Yankees and get a makeover, Rachel Doyle and her organization were presented with a $10,000 check from the New York Yankees to help GlamourGals continue to aid the elderly.

The residents and GlamourGals got to enjoy some “Yankee” style cake as they said goodbye to Swisher, Gardner, and Robertson, and everyone realized this day that whether you are a teenage girl or a professional baseball player, you can always make a difference in someone’s life.

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