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March 8, 2006


March 8, 2006

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202

13TH Annual United Way NFL Players Weekend Draws over 25 Pro Celebrities

United Way of Greater New Haven will honor former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi as Player of the Year at this weekend’s Celebrity Auction, sponsored by Stop & Shop. Andruzzi, a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and member of three New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship teams (2001, 2003, 2004), has participated in almost every Players Weekend and has helped draw other NFL players to the event. As a thank you for his dedication both on and off the field, United Way will recognize him during the auction taking place on Friday, March 10th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Omni Hotel at 155 Temple Street in New Haven. Tickets are available at the door for $50. This includes registration for live and silent auction, buffet, dancing and open bar.

With just days to go before one of the Northeast’s largest NFL player supported weekend kicks off, more than 25 players from teams across the country have confirmed their participation. Players with local ties, in addition to Joe Andruzzi, include Jacques Cesaire, former Southern Connecticut All American and current San Diego Charger as well as Hamden’s Chukky Okobi of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Also participating this weekend will be Patriots’ Russ Hochstein, New York Jets’ Cory Lamkin and Jim Miller, Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

The players will spend the weekend in the area to raise funds and build community with United Way of Greater New Haven. During the weekend players will visit Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven, conduct a Celebrity Bartending fundraiser at New Haven’s Hula Hanks, host and attend the NFL Celebrity Auction at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, wait tables for area police and firefighters at the Fireside Restaurant in New Haven, and participate in a Bowl with the Pros bowling tournament at AMF Lanes in Hamden and host the 2nd annual United Way/NFL Players Youth Clinic at Yale.

Tickets for The NFL Celebrity Auction on Friday, March 10th are still available. The auction is presented by Stop & Shop and will feature a silent and live auction, light buffet and cash bar. Tickets for the event are $50 in advance or at the door. Please call United Way of Greater New Haven for more information at (2030 772-2010 or log on to www.uwgnh.org.
Visit www.uwghn.org/nfl.cfm for a full weekend schedule and up to the minute player and auction news.

About United Way:
United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.


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