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 Tuesday, May 15, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria.
Sponsored by the New York Jets, New York Giants, and United Way of New York City, the event will honor Jets guard Brandon Moore and Giants guard Chris Snee with Hometown Hero awards to recognize their service to the community. Also, Harry Carson, retired Giants linebacker and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will receive the MVP Award, which recognizes his lifetime achievement.
Also being honored are Community Quarterbacks Richard D. Hong, vice president, global brand & marketing, MetLife, and Raymond Quartararo, international director, Jones Lang LaSalle.
The Gridiron Gala draws more than 1,000 of New York's leading corporate and community leaders as well as current and former Jets and Giants players. Among the former Jets expected to attend is Super Bowl III quarterback Joe Namath.
Among the other players expected to be in attendance are:
Current Jets — Mike DeVito, Vladimir Ducasse, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Dustin Keller, Matt Kroul, Aaron Maybin, Caleb Schlauderaff, Muhammad Wilkerson
Former Jets — Ted Banker, Emerson Boozer, Chad Cascadden, Rich Caster, Mike Damato, Mark Gastineau, Dave Herman, Joe Klecko, Ray Lucas, Greg Murphy, John Schmidt, Wesley Walker
For more information about the Gridiron Gala, visit unitedwaynyc.org/gridirongala.
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 UnitedWayNYC.org