Kourtney and Justin Turner made another visit to the female veterans home on the Los Angeles Dream Center campus, which was nothing out of the ordinary for the couple since opening the house last May through their Justin Turner Foundation.
However, Wednesday’s stop was slightly different from some of their others. It came one day after Kourtney and Justin hosted veterans for Military Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium, and they were on hand for a surprise donation.
“Major League Baseball offered a $15,000 grant to the Dodgers for them to apply to anything military,” Turner began to explain. “As soon as they heard it was anything military, they reached out to Kourt and I and said they wanted to give the $15,000 to the Justin Turner Foundation.
“So, we, obviously are going to take that $15,000 and donate it right here to the Dream Center to go to the veterans home. But on top of the $15,000, from the Foundation we’re going to match that, so we’re going to give $30,000.”
Turner’s announcement drew a loud applause from those who gathered inside the house. Their cheers continued upon learning the Dream Center was also the beneficiary of a $235,000 donation that was raised during the AM 570 L.A. Sports radiothon.
It’s the most the station has ever generated in their 11 years holding the program. This year marked the first time AM 570 partnered with the Dream Center and Justin Turner Foundation for the annual radiothon.
“They’re not like normal athlete families,” senior vice president for Sports LA iHeartMedia Don Martin said of the Turners. “Don’t get yourself wrong. They’re very special people. JT has been coming in to help us with our veterans telethon for five years.
“The guy has always given his time, Kourtney is there, they’re answering phones. When we had a chance to switch this to his charity, to the Dream Center, it was a no-brainer for us as a radio station. The reason being, we will do anything because of what they do for all of you.
“We will do this as long as JT and Kourtney want to do it with us. We’re going to do this with you at the Dream Center and them as the catalyst to make this go forward.”
The financial contributions were the latest in ongoing efforts from the Justin Turner Foundation to support various initiatives at the Dream Center, but it’s the time Kourtney and Justin regularly take to connect with those they assist that truly resonates.
Turner posed for selfies and was set to autograph a foul ball one of the veterans caught during Tuesday’s game, but learned it came off Joc Pederson’s bat.
Turner promised to get another ball signed by Pederson that he would return with on the next of countless visits that are to come.