|Thank you ESPN’s Roy Firestone|
We so glad you were a part of our event.
|Mike Stratton and Keith Lincoln|
Signed the Famous Photo:
“The Hit Heard ‘Round the World”
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation’s premier fund raising event of the year, the annual Weekend of Events, paid tribute and honor America’s Heroes – The Wounded Warriors while making them the primary recipient of funds for 2011.
“Every year, the Bills Alumni selects a major recipient from the funds that we raise from our annual Weekend of Events” stated Bills Alumni President Booker Edgerson “We understand the difficulty that these American servicemen and servicewomen have when they return home from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and we wanted to do our part to demonstrate to these hero’s how much we value and support what they have done for us and our country” added Edgerson.
In conjunction with the Wounded Warriors recognition, something very special that took place at the VIP Gala on September 17at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY; Former ESPN personality, Roy Firestone, one of the most highly sought after entertainers in America, brought his high energy stage show to the VIP Gala. Thank you very much Roy.
This year’s Weekend of Event was jammed packed with excitement. Several of the Buffalo Bills Hall of Famers, legends and stars of the past were in attendance. Two very special Bills Alumni got together at the VIP Gala to do something that has never been done before. Arguably, the greatest, single play in Buffalo Bills history is the now famous” Hit Heard ‘Round the World”- the tackle by Mike Stratton on Keith Lincoln. That one play in the 1964 AFL Championship game between the Bills and the San Diego Chargers that was played in War Memorial Stadium was captured forever by then Bills photographer Robert L. Smith. It is the most famous photo in Bills history.
At this year’s VIP Gala, for the very first time ever, Bills great linebacker Mike Stratton, who made the hit, was joined by then Charger star running back Keith Lincoln who was knocked out of the game from the hit, for a one time autograph signing session of the famous photograph of that historical play. Ironically, Lincoln later joined the Buffalo Bills for the 1967 -68 seasons.
Another feature at this year’s VIP Gala was Country Music singer Ricky Lee who performed a special song to honor America’s Heroes – The Wounded Warriors.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation was founded in 1999 and is comprised of past Bills players that have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue molding society in a positive manner. Not only have they changed the game, but they have touched and shaped Buffalo as we know it today.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. To learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Weekend of Events are open to the general public. Sponsorship packages are also available. For further information regarding tickets or sponsorships, contact JRC Promotions at 716-694-7867 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org