‘Legends for Charity’ Dinner Presents The Pat Summerall Award to Archie Manning
Archie Manning had a night to remember at the January 31 Legends for Charity dinner. The former NFL quarterback and current CBS Sports broadcaster was honored with the Pat Summerall Award in recognition of his life and career achievements. The event benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which treats children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases at no cost to their families. Cheryl DeLeonardis of Ocean 2 Ocean produced the event and created the award in 2004 to honor those who embody the spirit of giving on which St. Jude thrives. Gary Solomon and St. Jude national board member Jim Barkate chaired the dinner.
NFL Network host Rich Eisen emceed the night. There was a video tribute for Manning that warmed the hearts of the audience, but nothing was more touching than when Manning’s three sons – Peyton, Eli, and Cooper – came out to present the award to their father. Manning had tears in his eyes as he accepted it, so grateful for the rare opportunity to have his entire family together, especially at an event that helps save the lives of so many children.
The Hyatt kept things close to home by serving a drum fillet, a local favorite. Two autographed football helmets from this year’s Super Bowl teams – the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers – were auctioned off to lucky bidders.
Rich Shadyack, St. Jude CEO, hosted a patron party at the home of Jim and Glenda Barkate the night before the dinner. Honoree Archie Manning attended, as did Tim Brando, Rich Eisen, Gary Solomon and representatives from the Yokota Foundation, the title sponsor of the event.
St. Jude is a pioneer in research and exceptional care. The hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, both at their institution and worldwide through research discoveries.
Event at a Glance
What: “Legends for Charity” dinner, presenting “The Pat Summerall Award”, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
When: Thursday, January 31
Where: Hyatt Regency