For the past 126 years since their humble beginnings in Denver, the United Way has been at the forefront in the effort to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. This noble goal is once again being brought to Wallingford in the form of the 20th Annual United Way NFL Players Weekend.
Taking place over two days and at three different venues, this fantastic event gives everyone the chance to not only help a good cause, but also buy NFL gear, enjoy delicious food and drink and even rub elbows with over 20 stars from several NFL teams, including the Patriots, Jets, Packers and the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens!
The festivities kick off on Friday, March 8th with a silent/live auction at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn from 6pm to 9:30pm, with special guest Bill O’Brien, coach of Penn State’s football team. Cost of entry is $65 per person or $600 per table of 10 in advance, or $75 per person at the door and includes a buffet. If you’re unable to attend the auction, never fear, the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford is also offering an online auction as well. The items up for grabs have yet to be determined, but if last year’s items are any indication, they should be awesome! This auction closes at 4:30pm on Thursday, March 7th, so get your bids in now! Click here to participate in the online auction.
The fun continues on Saturday, March 9th at the Johnson Athletic Center on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall with a Youth Clinic from 12 noon to 3pm. Kids between 8 and 14 years of age can spend the afternoon learning football tips from the NFL stars, plus get some cool Reebok gear, too! Space for the clinic is limited so pre-registration is required. Cost to attend is $50 per youth. Click here to pre-register soon, as this event is sure to fill up fast!
The final event is “Bowl with the Pros”, which will be held at Colony Lanes in Wallingford from 6pm to 9:30pm. What an opportunity it will be to bowl a few games with NFL players, who will also be signing autographs, so be sure to bring your football memorabilia for signing! Lanes must be sponsored at a cost of $750 per lane and this fee will include 4 wristbands for the autograph session. Additional wristbands can be purchased for $20 each. Contact the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford at (203) 235-4403 to sponsor a lane.
The tentative list of the NFL players scheduled to attend include Nick MacDonald from the New England Patriots; Vladimir Ducasse of the New York Jets; Don Barclay and Jeremy Ross of the Green Bay Packers, Dannell Ellerbe and Gino Gradkowski from the NFL champion Baltimore Ravens, and many more. Click here to see the full list.
This promises to be a fantastic weekend filled with fun and sure to make some great memories for young and old alike. And, you get to help an amazing organization in the process. For more info, call the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford at (203) 235-4403 or go to their web site, www.unitedwaymw.org.