Legends for Charity Dinner
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The Legends for Charity Dinner will take place on the Thursday before Super Bowl LIV Sunday. Each year, the event presents the Pat Summerall Award — named for the former American football player, and CBS, Fox and ESPN sportscaster — to a person who has made a significant contribution in the sports field. This year’s recipient will be Jim Kelly, University of Miami Football legend, former Buffallo Bills Quarterback, and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
The event, this year chaired by power couple Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez Esq., was created in 2005 by Cheryl DeLeonardis, President of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions, and has raised over $7 million since its inception to further the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. Past honorees include James Brown, Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz, Chris Berman, Cris Collinsworth, The NFL ON FOX, Al Michaels, Archie Manning, Michael Strahan, Joe Buck, John Madden, Rich Eisen, Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global medical community.
St. Jude is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital in the 2010-2011 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more, please visit www.StJude.org or call 305-265-1371.
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