Other than being one of the most decorated coaches in the NFL, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is widely regarded as being one of the most stand-up individuals around the league. Today, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund announced that it will be holding the eighth annual Champions for Children Gala at Cipriani (110 East 42nd street between Lexington and Park Ave.) in Manhattan on Friday, October 12th. This year's event will be honoring Dick Ebersol (creator of "Sunday Night Football") and Curtis Arledge ( CEO, Bank of New York Mellon Investment Management) for their outstanding record of civil service.
The Jay Fund was established in honor of Jay McGillis, a Boston College football player that died on July 3rd, 1992, seven months after being diagnosed with Leukemia. Since the inception of the Jay Fund in 1996, the charity has helped raise millions of dollars to aid families of children with cancer.. Here's the official description of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.
Founded in 1996, The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in the honor of Jay McGillis, a member of the Boston College Football team who developed leukemia. Then-Boston College head coach Tom Coughlin was inspired by the courage, compassion and faith he and his family demonstrated during the course of his illness. It is the mission of The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation to assist children with leukemia and other cancers and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help improve the children’s quality of life and to help reduce the family stress associated with going through this crisis. This allows the families to focus on what matters most – the health of the child. The Jay Fund distributed over $4 million in grants since it’s inception. New York-area non-profit partners are Friends of Karen, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, St. Joe’s Hospital and The Valerie Fund.
Several current and former New York Giants are expected to attend this event. Last year's attendees included Eli Manning, Steve Weatherford, Mark Herzlich (cancer survivor), Prince Amukamara, Chris Snee, Lawrence Tynes, Will Beatty, Zak DeOssie, Kevin Boothe, Bear Pascoe, Dave Tollefson, and legendary Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson. Player commitments for this year's gala will be announced in the coming weeks.
The event is scheduled to start at 6:30 with a red carpet carpet cocktail party, followed by a silent auction. A formal sit down dinner will follow, along with a live auction.
If you can't make the event, take a second to check out the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund official website and consider donating. Any amount, no matter how small, could go a long way in saving the life of a young child.
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