Monday, June 6, 2011

NY Giants Pro Bowler Justin Tuck Hosts Third Annual Tuck’s Celebrity Billiards

Event Raised Overall Donations to $1.2 Million; Mayor Cory Booker and Justin Tuck Announce R.U.S.H. for Literacy Campaign for Newark, New Jersey

By Akira Barclay
BlackGivesBack NY Contributor

New York, NY - Iconic athletes, actors, models, and fans all “cued up” in the Big Apple on a cool spring evening on June 2, 2011 to support New York Giants All-Pro Justin Tuck for his third annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament which benefits Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy.

The exclusive event brought together celebrities and VIPs to raise funds for the literacy initiative, started by Lauran & Justin Tuck to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED and HOPE. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy donates books and other reading materials and benefits children in New York City and Justin's home state of Alabama. To date, Tuck’s initiatives have donated over 21,000 books to over 5,000 students, raising over $1.2 million dollars.

Guests included Anthony Anderson, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Jeanette “Black Widow” Lee, Padma Lakshmi, Tristan Wilds, Spike and Tonya Lee, Newark mayor Cory Booker, Bernard Hopkins, John Starks, and Cedric The Entertainer, among many others. Anthony Anderson, noted for his comedic roles, talked about the serious issue of youth literacy and how proud he is to be a supporter of R.U.S.H. for Literacy sharing, "Raising one million dollars isn't anything to sneeze at...I'm elated to have my name and my presence with such a successful event."

Two special highlights of the evening were Tuck’s stunning announcement that R.U.S.H. for Literacy had “rushed” past the million dollar mark with total donations, and Tuck along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker announcing that R.U.S.H for Literacy will be expanding its outreach to students in Newark, New Jersey in the near future.

In addition to the event, Tuck recently teamed up with New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to visit and read with students in Brooklyn at the Eagle Academy for Young Men, and he traveled to Alabama to help in the recovery efforts and to let the local youth know that he will support them with books and learning materials.

To learn more about Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy, visit

Source: Press release/Bader TV