The Justin Turner Foundation earned a $12,600 donation from REX Real Estate based on his production at the plate throughout August. Turner emerged as arguably the hottest hitter in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup during the month, batting .330/.389/.680 over 26 games (25 starts).
He collected a total of 32 hits: 18 singles, four doubles and 10 home runs. REX pledged $1,000 to the Justin Turner Foundation for every home run Turner hit, $500 per each triple, $200 for every double and $100 when he hit a single.
The Justin Turner Foundation was founded by Justin and his wife Kourtney in 2016. Its mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases, as well as various youth baseball organizations.
Among the Foundation’s beneficiaries is the the L.A. Dream Center, where the Turners opened a women veterans home — the first of its kind in the area — last year. “We were so thrilled because we knew how successful the men’s program was going,” Turner said at the time.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who got their hands dirty, got involved, and made this place special. What you guys do here is amazing. It truly is a unique place. It is amazing watching how many lives you touch every single day in our community.”
The Turners regularly participate in the AM 570 L.A. Sports Radiothon and host the annual Justin Turner Foundation Golf Classic. This past May, Turner, his wife Kourtney, and the Justin Turner Foundation were added to the Spotlight Wall inside Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
They were recognized for their philanthropic work with the local hospital, which includes countless visits and financial contributions to the Helping Hands Fund. Also this year, Justin and Kourtney served as Honorary Hosts of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Walk And Play L.A. 2019.
The Justin Turner Foundation additionally stages a ‘Military Monday’ program, where an active-duty or retired service member, along with three family members, are hosted for batting practice and a game at Dodger Stadium.
An Aug. 11 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was particularly of benefit for the JTF, as both of Turner’s hits were home runs in a 9-3 win at Dodger Stadium. That also marked the start of three consecutive games with a homer.
Turner’s 10 home runs in August marked his most ever in a calendar month, and he entered the final month of the regular season one shy of tying a career high when he hit 27 in 2016. Turner reached that mark on Tuesday night.
The 17 home runs Turner has hit since the All-Star break trails only Eugenio Suárez (19) and Nelson Cruz (19) for most in the Majors.