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January 19, 2007

United Way Names WELI Morning Show Host Jerry Kristafer Honorary Event Chair of United Way’s NFL Players Weekend

January 19, 2007

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202

United Way of Greater New Haven named Jerry Kristafer, morning show host for radio station WELI, event chair of the 2007 United Way NFL Players Weekend to be held March 9-11.

Kristafer is already familiar with giving back to community. In 2005 he was honored with the Bill Lidell Award for his work with the CT Food Bank along with the Media Award by the American Red Cross. Kristafer has also been recognized by non-profit agencies ACES, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Special Olympics-CT for his work in the area. This March, Kristafer will add event chair of United Way’s NFL Players Weekend to his list of community service accolades.

Each year United Way, in partnership with J.L. Sports, hosts a weekend of events and community service projects featuring NFL athletes. Players from over 15 teams will take over New Haven for a series of fundraisers and community events including a youth health and fitness clinic and a celebrity bartending event at Hula Hanks in downtown New Haven. The weekend also features events such as a “Bowl with the Pros” night at AMF Lanes in Hamden and the annual NFL Celebrity Auction to be held in the Omni-New Haven Hotel ballroom.

The event is in its 14th year, and will include NFL players from teams around the country. All proceeds from the weekend benefit United Way of Greater New Haven and its work to improve lives in Greater New Haven.

Please visit www.uwgnh.org/nfl.cfm for a full weekend schedule and up to the minute player and auction news.

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