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Black Tie International:
United Way of NYC 22nd Annual Gridiron Gala

Muhammad Wilkerson, Joe Namath, Victor Cruz, Sheena Wright,William E. Mayer, William Flemming, Robert J. Kueppers and Joe Cabrera.  Photo by:  Martin Dixon

Muhammad Wilkerson, Joe Namath, Victor Cruz, Sheena Wright,
William E. Mayer, William Flemming, Robert J. Kueppers and Joe Cabrera
 Photo by: Martin Dixon


United Way of New York City to Honor
Kenneth I. Chenault and H. Rodgin Cohen
Along with New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin and
NFL Players Prince Amukamara and Quinton Coples at
22nd Annual Gridiron Gala


NEW YORK, NY United Way of New York City is excited to honor corporate icons Kenneth I. Chenault and H. Rodgin Cohen at the 22nd Annual Gridiron Gala in support of New York City’s vulnerable young people. The event honors athletes and philanthropists who have demonstrated a deep commitment to their communities. This annual event also marks the only occasion in which the New York Giants and New York Jets huddle together over dinner and break bread for a night of philanthropy and camaraderie.

United Way of New York City will honor Chenault, CEO and Chairman of American Express, and Cohen, Senior Chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell with the “Community Quarterback” award for their outstanding commitment to the community. Additionally, United Way of New York City will honor two players who personify the National Football League’s commitment to community service with the “Hometown Hero” award: Prince Amukamara of the New York Giants and Quinton Coples of the New York Jets. New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin will be honored as the gala’s “MVP” for his outstanding commitment to the community over the course of his 11 year tenure in New York. WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston will serve as host for the evening. Also confirmed to attend is New York Jets legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath. A full list of players attending is available upon request.


WHO:       Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express

                  H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell

                  Tom Coughlin, Coach, New York Giants

                  Prince Amukamara, cornerback, New York Giants

                  Quinton Coples, linebacker, New York Jets

                  Joe Namath, Hall of Fame quarterback, New York Jets

                  Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City

                  Over 1,000 business and community leaders and current and former Giants and Jets players 

                  CONFIRMED GIANTS:

                  Coach Tom Coughlin

                  Prince Amukamara

                  Geoff Schwartz

                  Weston Richburg

                  Josh Brown

                  Henry Hynoski

                  Andre Williams

                  Shane Vereen

                  Rashad Jennings

                  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

                  Jon Beason

                  John Casillas

                  Nat Berhe

                  Bennett Jackson


                  CONFIRMED JETS:

                  Quinton Coples

                  Sheldon Richardson     

                  D’Brickashaw Ferguson

                  Eric Decker

                  Demario Davis

                  T.J. Barnes

                  Ikemefuna Enemkpali

                  Leger Douzable

                  Quincy Enunwa

                  Tommy Bohanon

                  Buster Skrine



                  Harry Carson      

                  Erich Barnes
Sean Landeta

                  Karl Nelson

                  Roman Oben


                  CONFIRMED JETS LEGENDS

                  Joe Namath        

                  Ted Banker

                  Emerson Boozer

                  Chad Cascadden

                  Richard Caster

                  Erik Coleman

                  Bruce Harper

                  Bobby Jackson

                  Greg Murphy

                  Wesley Walker


WHAT:     The 22nd Annual Gridiron Gala presented by United Way of New York City, the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Net proceeds support United Way–led initiatives that benefit New York City’s vulnerable youth.


WHEN:     Tuesday, May 12, 2015

                  Press arrival begins at 5:30 P.M.

                  Red carpet begins at 6:00 P.M.


WHERE:  New York Hilton Midtown

                  1335 Avenue of the Americas
                  New York, NY 10019


Since 1973, United Way and the NFL have worked together to strengthen America's communities. United Way of New York City, in partnership with the New York Giants and the New York Jets, created the Gridiron Gala in 1994 to celebrate this unique partnership. Since its inception, the Gridiron Gala has raised more than $25 million in support of United Way of New York City’s initiatives that help high school students stay on track to graduate on time, ready for college or a career. 




COMMUNITY QUARTERBACKS: H. Rodgin Cohen, senior chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell, Kenneth Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express.


HOMETOWN HEROES: Prince Amukamara, cornerback, New York Giants and Quinton Coples, linebacker, New York Jets.


MVP: Tom Coughlin, Coach, New York Giants.



William E. Mayer, Park Avenue Equity Partners

William K. Flemming, Skanska USA

Jonathan Durst, The Durst Organization

Ted Moudis, Ted Moudis Associates

Richard Hong, MetLife

Ray Quartararo, Jones Lang LaSalle

Laurence Tosi, Blackstone

Donald Donahue, DTCC

Barry Salzberg, Deloitte

David Arena, JPMorgan Chase

Sam Palmisano, IBM

David H. W. Turner, KPMG



Victor Cruz

Hakeem Nicks

Chris Snee

Chris Canty

Justin Tuck

Eli Manning

Jeff Feagles



Muhammad Wilkerson

Kyle Wilson

Brandon Moore

Tony Richardson

Dustin Keller

D’Brickashaw Ferguson

Jerricho Cotchery

For more information, visit or join us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at @unitedwaynyc.


About United Way of New York City
For more than 75 years, United Way of New York City has been the activist inside, working deep within the system to weave a net of interconnected solutions to catch our poorest neighbors. We orchestrate hundreds of partners in a symphony of hope, and mobilize communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. We help ensure that short-term needs are being met while simultaneously working on long-term solutions to the city's most intractable problems. We envision caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. We are the activists inside, working to make New York City work for every New Yorker. 
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