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United Way teams with NYG at Gridiron Gala


NEW YORK, NY – The 19th Annual Gridiron Gala, supporting United Way-led initiatives that benefit New York City's most vulnerable children and youth, will be held on May 15, 2012.  Sponsored by the New York Jets, the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants, and United Way of New York City, the event will honor current players Brandon Moore and Chris Snee with the Hometown Hero award to recognize their service to the community and retired NY Giant Harry Carson with the MVP Award, which recognizes his lifetime achievement.

WHAT:The 19th Annual Gridiron Gala presented by the New York Jets, the New York Giants and United Way of New York City. All proceeds support United Way-led initiatives that benefit New York City's at-risk children and youth.

WHEN:Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (6:00 PM: VIP and General Receptions; 7:00 PM: Dinner and Awards Presentation)

WHERE:Grand Ballroom, Waldorf=Astoria (Park Avenue and 50th Street)

WHO:The Gridiron Gala draws more than 1,000 of New York's leading corporate and community leaders, current and former New York Giants and New York Jets players and legends. 

The 2012 Honorees

Hometown Heroes: Brandon Moore, Guard, New York Jets and Chris Snee, Guard, New York Giants

MVP Award: Harry D. Carson, 231st Member, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Community Quarterbacks Richard D. Hong, Vice President, Global Brand & Marketing, MetLife and Raymond Quartararo, International Director, Jones Lang LaSalle. 

Current Players (Giants):   
*David Baas
Will Beaty
Chris Canty
Jim Cordle
Victor Cruz
Dan DePalma
Hakeem Nicks
Bear Pascoe
Antrel Rolle
Terrell Thomas
Justin Tuck
Lawrence Tynes
Steve Weatherford
Former Players (Giants):    
*Erich Barnes
Brian Kelley
Sean Landeta
Curtis McGriff
Karl Nelson

Current Players (Jets):*        
*Mike DeVito
Vladimir Ducasse
D'Brickashaw Ferguson
Dustin Keller
Matt Kroul
Aaron Maybin
Caleb Schlauderaff
Muhammad Wilkerson

Former Players (Jets):*        
*Ted Banker
Emerson Boozer
Chad Cascadden
Rich Caster
Mike Damato
Mark Gastineau
Dave Herman
Joe Klecko
Ray Lucas
Greg Murphy
Joe Namath
John Schmidt
Wesley Walker

Press Information: Members of the press who wish to attend should RSVP to Alex Howe at  or 212-260-8813
For more information about the Gridiron Gala, please visit

About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City fights poverty across the five boroughs. We design and invest in evidence-based programs that help low-income New Yorkers achieve educational success, income stability and good health.  We rigorously evaluate our work and use lessons learned to advance citywide policies and practices that support New Yorkers in overcoming poverty and achieving their potential. To learn more about our work and how to get involved, visit*

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