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NFL FLAG Essentials with Thurman Thomas

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 2, 2015 – 6:38 pm

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Thurman Thomas joined the American Dairy Association on September 2nd to train 100 Buffalo City School District physical education teachers on the NFL FLAG Football program as a part of the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. The training, hosted at City Honors High School in Buffalo, was hosted by SHAPE America and comprised of the teachers learning how to run the NFL FLAG curriculum in their classroom.

During the NFL Draft, Commission Goodell and others announced the second year of distribution for “Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL FLAG Essentials Kits” in 2015 to physical education teachers across the country.

Buffalo was 1 of 10 NFL markets selected to receive NFL FLAG Football Essentials kits and will receive 46 kits that will be distributed to all of the Buffalo Public elementary schools.

These NFL FLAG Essentials Kits will help increase students’ physical activity in-school and at home through a package of equipment, curriculum, online training, and recognition.

NFL, USA Football, and Fuel Up to Play 60 are expanding their commitment to youth health and wellness by giving NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to over one million students across 2,500 schools nationwide for the 2015-16 school year.


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BENRUS Best Dressed – Jerry Hughes

Posted by Buffalo Bills on September 2, 2015 – 6:05 pm

benrus-best-dressed-blogThe BENRUS Best Dressed series presents one well-dressed player with a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand. DE Jerry Hughes was dressed to impress boarding the flight to Detroit for the final preseason game of 2015, wearing blue pants and a matching tie with a striped shirt and coordinated luggage.

As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Hughes received the simplistic, yet stylish BENRUS Infantry Watch.  BENRUS watches, apparel and accessories are available for purchase at www.BENRUS.com

Check out more photos of Bills players boarding for the Motor City.

 

BENRUS, LLC was founded as a watch company in 1921. For over four decades, it manufactured legendary timepieces for the U.S. military. Giovanni Feroce, internationally recognized as one of today’s most successful American CEO’s, is building BENRUS into a multi-billion dollar, military-inspired lifestyle brand. Mr. Feroce currently serves as CEO and Chairman of BENRUS, LLC.


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BENRUS Best Dressed – Chris Hogan

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 29, 2015 – 2:12 pm

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The BENRUS Best Dressed series presents one well-dressed player with a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand.

Wide Receiver Chris Hogan was seen wearing a stylish sport coat, blue jeans and grey Nikes. A perfect outfit for a preseason game!

As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Hogan received the sophisticated, yet stylish BENRUS Bivouac Backpack.  The BENRUS elite bag collection, watches and accessories are available for purchase at www.BENRUS.com

BENRUS, LLC was founded as a watch company in 1921. For over four decades, it manufactured legendary timepieces for the U.S. military. Giovanni Feroce, internationally recognized as one of today’s most successful American CEO’s, is building BENRUS into a multi-billion dollar, military-inspired lifestyle brand. Mr. Feroce currently serves as CEO and Chairman of BENRUS, LLC.


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Featured gameday food: Mexican street tacos

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 27, 2015 – 5:38 pm

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The integrity of the food we serve the fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium is something our culinary team takes very seriously. We do everything we can to prepare as much food from scratch with fresh, using local ingredients rather than opening a box from the freezer.  Our street tacos, which we introduced to fans last season, is a great example of where we’re making ingredients fresh in-house.  It’s an easy and really flavorful food to eat during the game too. We take three soft-shell tortillas, fill them with the fan’s choice of seasoned beef or chicken and top them off with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and shredded Cojita cheese.

Locations of Street Tacos in the Stadium:

Fans can find these street tacos at our Mexican Concession Stands, located in sections 109, 123, 131, 312, & 333.

 

About Chef Andy:

Andy Altomare, executive chef at Ralph Wilson Stadium, has more than 15 years of experience in the culinary field. He joined Delaware North, the foodservice partner of the Buffalo Bills, in 2013.

In his role, he oversees the food and beverage services at all of the venue’s concession stands, luxury suites and club levels. He also leads the stadium’s catering efforts and collaborates with the Bills’ nutritionist to provide the players with balanced meals throughout the NFL season.

One of Chef Altomare’s favorite moments was last season’s home-opener, after Ralph Wilson Stadium and The Buffalo Bills ADPRO Training Center underwent $120 million in renovations. His culinary team with the Bills to open multiple new kitchens and introduced more than 30 additions to the menus in the concessions and premium areas.

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Take a Butter Sculpture selfie and win

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 26, 2015 – 2:42 pm

Your NYS Fair Butter Sculpture Selfie Could Win the Ultimate Buffalo Bills Fan Weekend Package!

The Annual Butter Sculpture is one of the New York State Fair’s most popular photo opportunities – and now, your picture could get you exclusive access to a Buffalo Bills practice, club tickets and more.

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Here is how: Visit the Dairy Building at the New York State Fair. Snap a “selfie” of you in front of the butter sculpture, holding your cup of milk from the Rainbow Milk Bar, tag it #givemilktoo and post it to Instagram. One grand prize winner will win an ultimate Buffalo Bills Fan Weekend Package:

  • An overnight stay in downtown Buffalo
  • 4 club tickets to the December 6th game
  • The opportunity to attend a Bills practice

Learn more at http://bit.ly/givemilktoo and be sure to follow @AmericanDairy on Instagram.

What is #givemilktoo? Milk is one of the top requested foods from clients at Feeding America food pantries, but most families only receive about one gallon per year. To help provide more milk to families who depend on these facilities, fairgoers are being asked to donate a quarter for every cup of milk they purchase at the popular Rainbow Milk Bar, or to Get One and Give One Too. Join our partner American Dairy Association and Dairy Council in its effort to help provide milk to families in need.


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BENRUS Best Dressed – Tyrod Taylor

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 19, 2015 – 3:33 pm

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The BENRUS Best Dressed series presents one well-dressed player with a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand.  QB Tyrod Taylor stuck out from the rest boarding the plane to Cleveland, sporting his always unique style complete with a dotted button-up, gray pants, and accessories from head to toe. He was only missing one thing – a watch.

“This is great,” he said. “Didn’t bring a watch today and this goes well with my outfit so I’ll put it right on.”

As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Taylor received the simplistic, yet stylish BENRUS Infantry Watch.  BENRUS watches, apparel and accessories are available for purchase at www.BENRUS.com

Check out more photos of Bills players boarding for Cleveland.

 

BENRUS, LLC was founded as a watch company in 1921. For over four decades, it manufactured legendary timepieces for the U.S. military. Giovanni Feroce, internationally recognized as one of today’s most successful American CEO’s, is building BENRUS into a multi-billion dollar, military-inspired lifestyle brand. Mr. Feroce currently serves as CEO and Chairman of BENRUS, LLC.


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One Buffalo Unyts Blood Drive

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 17, 2015 – 5:52 pm

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Join us for the One Buffalo Community Blood Drive for Unyts Wednesday, September 2nd 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. HarborCenter, 7th Level.

The first 600 people to make an appointment to donate and keep it will receive an exclusive One Buffalo winter hat!

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Giveaways includes appointments made 8/31/15 – 9/5/15 at Unyts neighborhood donation centers.

Interactive activities, daily raffles, ticket giveaways, discounted coupons and much more available for all presenting donors.  A full list of the day’s activities can be found at www.unyts.org.

To make an appointment to donate, please call 512-7940 or visit www.unyts.org, click donate blood and use sponsor code 000224.  Walk-ins welcome!


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Bills players ‘make the cut’

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 7, 2015 – 7:19 pm

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When NFL Network said they were going to roll into Bills Training Camp with a mission to “Make The Cut,” they weren’t lying.

The television network assembled a full-fledged pop-up barber shop overnight on Bills Camp grounds to host Kenny of Signature Cutz in Buffalo. He and his squadron of barbers were cool under the pressure of the cameras, giving trims to everyone from Bills GM Doug Whaley and current intern coach and Hall of Famer Andre Reed, to players like EJ Manuel, Baccari Rambo, Duke Williams and many more. Clips (pun intended) of the haircuts aired on NFL Network all day long as part of the series “Making the Cut.”

The barbers of Signature Cutz were trimming all day – for fans too! This cut, and kid, are clearly the coolest in town.

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We don’t know which Bills will make the cut onto the 53-man roster, but either way, they’ll be looking fresh as Bills Camp rolls on.


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Marquise Goodwin’s cleats go viral

Posted by Buffalo Bills on August 7, 2015 – 5:48 pm

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Notice anything different about Marquise Goodwin’s cleats?

Bills players like to add swag to their on-field wardrobe from reflective visors to color-coordinated undershirts and socks, but today, Goodwin raised the bar.

Yes, he made his cleats appear as if they were Converse sneakers.

How’d he do it, you ask? He artfully placed black and white tape around his cleats to make them appear like a sneaker, something not many players could do!

After practice, EJ Manuel contributed to the fun by doing what’s known as a “What are those?!” video, a viral trend showing someone sneaking up on a friend to poke fun at that person’s shoes. Check it out:


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Ellicott Development selects Season Ticket winner

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 7, 2015 – 10:02 am

Ellicott Hospitality, a division of Ellicott Development, the official Hotel partner of the Buffalo Bills ran a contest to give away four Jim Kelly Club season tickets to the 2015 season.  With such an incredible prize, the response from fans was overwhelming.  Over 40,000 people entered to win these tickets.

The lucky winner was Jill Adams from Amherst. “One out of 41,000 is pretty awesome” said Carl Paladino, Chairman and founder of the Ellicott Development Company who was on hand at one of his properties, the Fairmont to present Jill with her tickets.  “I think she should go to the casino.”

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The tickets were presented to Jill on the roof of The Fairmont overlooking the city of Buffalo, a tie into Ellicott’s campaign #thisisbuffalo.  The Fairmont is a multi-use property on Scott Street in downtown Buffalo near the waterfront and Cobblestone district.  Constructed in 1920, the eightstory structure was originally built for The Fairmont Creamery as a cold storage.  The building has gone through a drastic transformation from vacant industrial space into a mix of office, apartments, retail space and a restaurant.  For more about The Fairmont, click here.

Paladino talked about the city of Buffalo that his company has helped develop since founded Ellicott Development in 1973. “People in the city are thrilled.  Thank God for Mr. Pegula.  We spent 25 years worrying about what was going to happen if something happened to Ralph and now all of a sudden a miracle came upon us.”

With all that’s happening in the city and on the field, Jill is thrilled to be attending every game this upcoming season. “I was so excited when I found out I won.  I couldn’t even believe it.”  She’s deciding who will attend the games with her, now that she’s a four-seat season ticket member.  She brought her twin sister, brother and boyfriend with her to accept the tickets who will be fighting with her mom and brother-in-law to attend games with her.

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“Thank you so much to Ellicott Development.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, I’m so thankful and grateful.”  To find out about more contests, sign up for our email list.


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BENRUS grand opening celebration

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 2, 2015 – 8:53 am

The official timepiece of the Bills, BENRUS is having a grand opening celebration in Rochester.  If you’re in Rochester or coming out to Training Camp, stop by the new store.  There will be contest giveaways, autograph signing with the Buffalo Bills, a DJ, ribbon cutting, and a complimentary gift to the first 25 guests.
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Buffalo Bills K Jordan Gay, S Corey Graham, WR Robert Woods and S Aaron Williams will be in attendance signing autographs.
Check out benrus.com for more product information.

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Terry & Kim Pegula participate in “Business of Sports” panel

Posted by buffalobills.com on July 30, 2015 – 4:17 pm

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Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula took part in the Business First power breakfast panel on the “Business of Sports” Thursday at Buffalo River Works. They were joined on the panel by Delaware North chairman and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Buffalo Bisons owners Bob and Mindy Rich and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

 

When Mr. Pegula was introduced to the crowd he was called “the closest thing we have to a super hero in this community.”  The panel discussed some of the challenges they face, how the sports business is different than other businesses they own and why they got into sports. “It was an easy decision,” said Kim Pegula. “We plan on having the teams for a long time.”

 

“Our mission, I believe, is to help foster and improve the quality of life here through these sports teams.” Terry Pegula said.

 

He was also asked about a new stadium.  “We’re in no hurry.  We’ve realized if that work was just done how foolish would you look if you started looking around at a new stadium if we just renovated the one we have.  We have time.  We have an existing lease in the current stadium.”

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Regarding the question of naming rights, Pegula added “Ralph Wilson owned the Bills for so long and his name on the stadium to me is a special thing. “

 

With the stability of Pegula ownership of the Bills and Sabres, and long-time Rich ownership of the Buffalo Bisons, Bob Rich said “Buffalo has never been in better shape as far as professional sports are concerned.”


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Eric Wood supports children through foundation

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on June 9, 2015 – 5:36 pm

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During his seven years in Buffalo, Wood feels he has established himself enough to give back to the community. In 2014, he found a way to do so with the creation of “The Eric Wood Foundation.”

On Monday night he hosted a Dinner for a Difference fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo.

For one evening only, Wood and teammates traded uniforms and helmets for aprons as they help serve guests a three-course meal with fine wine and spirits. The night also featured an exciting live and silent auction. Proceeds benefitted his foundation.

For additional information on The Eric Wood Foundation visit the website at ericwoodfoundation.org.


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Jackson, Carpenter visit Lindbergh Elementary

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on May 8, 2015 – 2:13 pm

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Today at Lindbergh Elementary School Buffalo Bills players Fred Jackson and Dan Carpenter participated in a special assembly and spoke to students about the importance of staying active. During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter led kids in fitness activities, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day.

“It was a lot of fun to come and hang out with the kids and try to give them the knowledge we have accumulated throughout the years,” Jackson said.

The Bills, On behalf of the NFL and in partnership with NFL Network and Time Warner Cable, presented KidsPLAY 60 with a $7,500 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming AND equipment.

“Anytime you get to be a part of Play 60 and let them know what it means to the body to get out and play 60 minutes a day weather it’s all at once or breaking it up throughout the day, that’s something that I think as players we relish and enjoy trying to get that message across to the kids.”

During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter also helped students get 60 minutes of exercise during the NFL PLAY 60 Ultimate Physical Education Class, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness campaign.

“It’s a privilege to send out such an important message to kids who really look up to us,” Carpenter said. “Anything we can do to help is just what we are here to do.”

To celebrate the upcoming NFL season, after-school programs were encouraged to submit their application for the NFL PLAY 60 After-School Kickoff grant, demonstrating their commitment to youth health and wellness by submitting essays on their after-school’s game plan for teaching students the importance of physical education and nutrition.

For more information on NFL PLAY 60 visit nflrush.com/play60 or follow NFL PLAY 60 on Facebook at Facebook/NFLPLAY60 or Twitter at @NFLPLAY60.

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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Scramble Event

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 25, 2015 – 4:54 pm

If you are looking to network I highly recommend attending an upcoming “Scramble” Event. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership held the first one of the year on Tuesday, February 25,  which is designed to make networking easy.

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As I arrived at the event, I received my nametag which has three numbers on it. The first number on my nametag represented the first table I would be seated at with eight other professionals. We introduced ourselves and talked about what we liked most about our jobs.  One of the many reasons I love being a reporter is I am always able to learn about people and hear their story.  Next, we went to the table marked by the second number on my name tag, and discussed what’s unique about the company we work for.  The third table discussed professional advice.

It was such a pleasure to talk to other driven professionals in the Western New York community. I was able to learn about what others are working on, how and why they got into their line of work, what is the most unique aspect of their jobs, and so much more.

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Plus anytime I get to hang out with my co-workers its a good day. : )

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The Buffalo Bills are proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Scramble Networking Series.  This is the first of three events this year.   The Lunch Event will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens from 11:30 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.  The Cocktail Event will take place Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Register at thepartnership.org/eventscalendar or call 716.514.1770.

In addition to Scramble Series, the Buffalo Bills is the title sponsor and host for the 2015 HobNob event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Click here for more information about that event.

 

– Alexandra Vitale
Multimedia Reporter

 


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Fred Jackson and Pat Kaleta team up for PUCCS

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 25, 2015 – 3:58 pm

Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson and Buffalo Sabres Pat Kaleta are teaming up for PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke).

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Here are some of the events taking place this week –

Wednesday, February 25 – 7p-8p

Autograph signing session with Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills and Pat Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres
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This is the first time Fred and Pat have done an autograph session together.

Thursday, February 26 – PUCCS Concussion Awareness Night at the Sabres & Text to Donate Campaign
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Fred Jackson, Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Renee Reynolds will be at First Niagara Center to help promote concussion awareness and risk reduction

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Text to Donate Campaign begins with everyone encouraged to text to donate to PUCCS

Donations will be used to conduct baseline testing clinics in the inner city for student athletes at risk for concussions, and expand the educational outreach of PUCCS.  Anyone texting a donation of $25 or more will be entered into a drawing for some autographed sports memorabilia (including a Jackson jersey and a Kaleta jersey).  Donors just need to text the phrase 1HIT to 41444 and follow the instructions on their phone.

 

Friday, February 27 – Starpoint Central Health and Wellness Fair – distribution of concussion awareness and risk reduction information to students and faculty

 

Sunday, March 1 – 10% Event at Tony Walker Center – 12n-5pm

Mention PUCCS at the checkout and shoppers get 10% off their purchase and Tony Walker will make a donation of 10% of your purchase total to PUCCS.

 

Help support this great cause!  For more information visit puccs.org.


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BENRUS opens retail location in Rochester

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 20, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Western New York area, BENRUS!  The new military inspired lifestyle brand just opened their first retail store in the USA right in our backyard.  The Culver Road Armory in Rochester will be the home of upscale shopping experience with a nostalgic touch.

BENRUS is the Official Timepiece of the Buffalo Bills, presenting sponsor of the in-game solider recognition, Best Dressed series and coming in 2015, two large branded clocks at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  For more about the partnership, click here.


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Rex Ryan appearance at Auto Show

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 6, 2015 – 3:46 pm

Rex Ryan made an appearance at the Buffalo Auto Show on Thursday.  He greeted Bills fans and signed autographs.

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The Auto Show will be celebrating “One Buffalo” all week with various Buffalo sports stars.  Rex appeared with members of the Buffalo Bandits and was outfitted in One Buffalo gear.

Former Buffalo Bills LB Darryl Talley will be signing autographs and greeting fans on Saturday, February 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Commemorative t-shirts, designed by former Buffalo Bills teammate Mike Hamby, will be for sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Talley’s battles against depression and other mental illnesses.

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Rex Ryan, Talley, Bennett to attend Auto Show

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 4, 2015 – 12:40 pm

This year’s Buffalo Auto Show that takes place at the Buffalo Convention center from February 5 to February 8, 2015 will celebrate One Buffalo and the sports teams that unify our city. The Buffalo Bills will be well represented with various appearances at the event.

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Head Coach Rex Ryan will be in attendance Thursday, February 5 from 6 – 7 p.m.

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Former Buffalo Bills LB Darryl Talley will be signing autographs and greeting fans on Saturday, February 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   Commemorative t-shirts to raise money for Darryl Talley will be for sale.  The t-shirt was designed by former Buffalo Bills and teammate Mike Hamby and 100% of the proceeds will go to Talley.

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For more details about the show, visit buffaloautoshow.com.


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Campbell’s “Tackling Hunger” results

Posted by buffalobills.com on January 28, 2015 – 4:35 pm

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The Bills and Campbell’s® Chunky soup, along with Tops Friendly Markets announced the results of the “Tackling Hunger with the Buffalo Bills” program for the 2014 season today at a press conference inside the Food Bank of Western New York.  For every tackle the Bills recorded during the 2014 season Campbell’s® Chunky soup donated 20 cans of soup to the food banks to help close the nutrition gap among families need.

With the Bills defense recording over 960 tackles, more than 19,500 cans of soup were donated to the following food banks:

Food Bank of Western New York
Rochester Foodlink
Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier

For more information please visit buffalobills.com/tackletracker.

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