Monday, April 06, 2009

Coming Together for a Common Cause...

All throughout the world of sports, not just the National Football League, there are players and entire organizations that put together various foundations and charity events that draw attention and the necessary resources for a particular cause. For example, the NFL Alumni host an annual golf benefit that works towards protecting the youth. Future NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis has the "Bus Stops Here" Foundation that works to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children by offering the opportunities to help them succeed in life. And I'm sure the list goes on and on about various former and current NFL players who do any and everything they can to "Give Back" to the youth so that they can have the necessary resources to reach all of their future goals and to be able to just have dreams.

The Cabrini Connections' organization followed a similar pattern this past weekend with a fundraiser that benefits youth that reside in and around the underprivileged and undereducated Cabrini Green housing projects. The event that our organization hosted was an Art and Film Festival that took place at the Palette and Chisel Saturday April 4th from 5-10pm, and YES it was an amazing event!!! There was food and beverages, raffle prizes, some fantastic art work that was created by several of our Cabrini Connections' players and Assistant Coaches in the Art Club, and a great documentary(Cabrini Green, This is What I know: Our Lives, Our Truths, Our Stories) that was put together by several of our current and alumni players and their position Coach (Rebecca Parrish) in our IYP Club.

It's a given that the art that the kids put together was extraordinary and the documentary that was displayed captured the hard work and dedication that the youth put into it, but the overall event, like many of the fundraisers that NFL players and organizations host, provided an opportunity for people to come together for a common cause AND discuss ways in which we all can do more. And throughout the year there are a variety of events, fundraisers, and causes that people make an effort to attend or find other ways to support.

The players, Assistant Coaches, Head Coach, and the General Manager would like to take the time out now to THANK each and every person who was a part of the event in one way or another! Your efforts definitely contributed to the overall success of this event! And for anybody who was unable to attend but would still like to 'Come Together for a Common Cause..." please make an effort to visit the donation section and help us raise more awareness and provide any and all of the necessary resources for our youth by submitting a donation.
~Thanks In Advance~

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