LEGENDS FOR CHARITY Dinner Benefiting St. Jude
Held on the Thursday night of Super Bowl Week in Miami, the Legends for Charity Dinner benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At the event, Jim Kelly – the Pro Football Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback who led his team to four Super Bowls — was honored with the prestigious Pat Summerall Award. Created by Cheryl DeLeonardis of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions, and now in its 15th year, this event has raised nearly $8 million to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Chaired locally by Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., alongside a dedicated group of committee members, the event successfully raised over $730,000. This was made possible with the generosity of presenting sponsor KBR, as well as Delta Air Lines, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, and many more. The funds raised by the annual Legends for Charity dinner are critical given that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all they should worry about is helping their child live.
Chris Berman, ESPN anchor, presented Kelly with the award at the event, which is held each year during Super Bowl Weekend. The evening program featured several special guest speakers including, James Brown, host of the NFL TODAY on CBS along with the evening’s host, ESPN and Amazon on-air personality Hannah Storm.
“Pat was legendary in so many ways and I’m proud to accept the Pat Summerall Award on behalf of all of the fighters out there who stand and support their own cause,” said Kelly. “It’s a testament to Pat’s impact on the world that we are all here today, celebrating his life and carrying on his legacy in such a meaningful way.”
A special moment during the evening featured St. Jude patient and football fan Javon, who not only shared his story of surviving cancer, but also shared the story of his sister Jakayla and mother Lisa, who were also St. Jude patients. Javon proudly took to the stage at the event to share their success story.