By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 24, 2001 03:49 PM
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NAMED: New York Yankee’s all-star short stop Derek Jeter hit a home run for his favorite cause — the plight of children — when he was named spokesperson of the Children’s Hospital of New York on Monday, reports PEOPLE’s Antoinette Coulton. Jeter, 27, accompanied by his parents and sister, greeted more than 50 children, some of whom were decked out in Yankee shirts and caps. Jeter also used the opportunity to announce a partnership between his five-year old charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, the Children’s Hospital and New York’s Public School 128 to provide stress management and physical fitness seminars for students and their parents . . . AILING: Jerry Lewis, 75, is recuperating from a recent bout with pneumonia, reports Variety, but he is still expected to host his 36th annual Labor Day weekend Muscular Dystrophy Assn. telethon. Meanwhile, the veteran entertainer has canceled all personal appearances until then, including a scheduled Vegas stint . . . AGREED: Timothy O. Eldredge, 53, an Indianapolis home builder accused of billing rock star John Mellencamp twice in the construction of his new home, has agreed to plead guilty to theft and pay more than $98,000 restitution, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s office. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss more serious charges related to Mellencamp’s plan to build a $2.5 million home near Lake Monroe south of Bloomington, Ind. Another contractor has since built the house.