Wednesday, November 19, 2008

St. Louis Rams Player Chris Draft Presents A Tribute to St. Louis

The Counting Our Blessings Gala will feature St. Louis Rams players Celebrating Positive Work in the Community

From Chris Draft: “As a football player for over 10 years, I have spent time on several team rosters across the NFL. In the spirit of making wherever I am my home, I work to put down roots in the community. I created the Chris Draft Family Foundation in 2006 so that I could support programs across the country that foster partnerships of individuals, communities and corporations, working together for positive social and community change.

The Chris Draft Family Foundation’s Counting Our Blessings Gala is my personal tribute to St. Louis, and will commemorate positive work in the community and celebrate the blessings and support we seek for the work yet to be done.

Join me in working to make St. Louis better – because when we become a team, we really make a difference. Let’s come together in celebrating our strengths and to kick off the holiday season on November 24.”

WHAT: Chris Draft and the Chris Draft Family Foundation present the Counting Our Blessings Gala, sponsored by the St. Louis Rams

WHO: Chris Draft and Rams players including Steven Jackson, Donnie Avery, Josh Brown, OJ Atogwe, Donnie Jones, Jon Wade, Rob Bartell, Jason Craft, Sam Gado, Nick Leckey, Jacob Bell, Brett Romberg, Clifton Ryan & more. Also Coach Jim Haslett and Rams alumni Roland Williams and DeMarco Farr

WHEN: Monday, November 24, 2008. 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Pre-event Reception from 6:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE: Windows Off Washington, 701 N. 15th Street, Tenth Floor, St. Louis

Limited tickets are available at $175 per person. Attire: Cocktail. Proceeds benefit the Chris Draft Family Foundation’s mission of empowering families to live healthy lifestyles. To purchase tickets, or for more information about the Chris Draft Family Foundation, please visit www.chrisdraftfamilyfoundation.org.

The elegant evening will feature live entertainment from Oscar Polk with the HBS Band, featuring guest vocalist Taja Sevelle, Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, Silent Auction and a Raffle. Guests are asked to bring one new children’s book to donate to the Chris Draft Family Foundation's “How About a Book?” holiday program. Books may be purchased at the Gala from representatives of Borders Books.

During the Gala, the Foundation will present Lee Jackson, from St. Louis Public School District’s Beaumont High School, with the C.H.P.R.S (pronounced “CHIPPERS”) Award in recognition of service to community and high standards of character, particularly the qualities of compassion, courage, honesty, perseverance, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.

About Chris Draft: Chris has been recognized by the NFL and community agencies for work in St. Louis and across the country. In January 2008, he received the NFL Alumni Spirit Award at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, presented annually to “an individual who has shown a commitment to community service” that is consistent with the NFL Alumni mission of Caring for Kids.

About the Chris Draft Family Foundation: The Foundation seeks to harness the power of sports philanthropy to uplift and empower communities, discover new resources for social good, and positive change in the community. The Foundation focuses on seven primary initiatives with overarching themes that stress the importance of education, healthy lifestyles, character development, personal responsibility, self-discipline and physical fitness.

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