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Gilchrist memorial Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2011 – 10:05 am

The life of one of the greatest and most colorful players in Buffalo Bills history, Carlton Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist will be celebrated this Sat., April 16, 2011 at 11AM at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell Street in Buffalo, NY. Gilchrist will be remembered by family, friends and former teammates at a special Memorial Celebration that is open to the public at the church.

Cookie Gilchrist, the Buffalo Bills’ hard-charging fullback who became one of the early stars of the American Football League, died of cancer at an assisted living center on January 10, 2011 in Pittsburgh. He was 75.

At 6 feet 3 inches and 250 pounds, Gilchrist was an uncommonly awesome running back for his era, and he was an outspoken figure off the field. He was often involved in contract disputes with management, and he helped lead a boycott threat by black players over discriminatory treatment in New Orleans when they arrived there for the AFL All-Star Game after the 1964 season, forcing the league to transfer the game to Houston.

Joining the Bills in 1962, the AFL’s third season, Gilchrist ran for 1,096 yards in 14 games and was named the league’s player of the year. He set a professional football single-game rushing record, since broken, when he ran for 243 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Jets in December 1963. Gilchrist led the AFL in rushing again in 1964, his final season with the Bills, when he helped take them to the league championship. He was named All-Pro every season from 1962 to 1965.

“Whoever would run up, he’d run at him and then run over him,” said former Bills teammate and Bills Alumni President Booker Edgerson. “Cookie was the Jim Brown of the American Football League; he was the icon of the league,” Edgerson said.


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Time running out to nominate

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2010 – 9:16 am

Time is running out to nominate a Citizen of the Year.

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Association is accepting applications for the 4th Annual Citizen of the Year Award only up until June 30, 2010. Applications may be found by logging on the Buffalo Bills Alumni’s website.

The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual with outstanding leadership, citizenship and professional achievement in the community, while demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride and commitment to the betterment of society.

The nomination criteria are that the nominated individual should live in the Western New York area, and his or her activities should be centered there also. Recognition will be given for leadership and professional performance in several areas of community service over a period of years.

The individual recognized does not have to be a member of any club, group, organization or the business community.  He or she may be an individual from any walk of life, and there are no requirements or restrictions relating to gender, race, religion or ethnicity

Buffalo Bills Alumni Association President, Booker Edgerson, will make the official presentation at the Monday Quarterback Club luncheon in October at HSBC Arena’s Harbor Club.


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Mon. night party for FB Patrick

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2010 – 10:47 am

Several members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni will be on hand next Monday (March 8th) at Ilio DiPaolo’s in Blasdell as they’re sponsoring a “Monday Night Party” fund raising drive for former Bills FB Wayne Patrick.

The 63- year old former Bills fullback has been battling heart and kidney diseases and has accumulated medical expenses that far exceed his health and medical coverage for such treatments of his diseases. All the proceeds from the evening will go to help defray Wayne’s mounting medical costs.

Tickets are $20 per person which includes great food and beverage and a fun filled evening to meet some of the great Buffalo Bills players of the past, who will take photos and sign autographs. The event begins at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant or by calling Ted Hanes at 716-913-4585.

“We are very grateful to Dennis DiPaolo and Ted Hanes for organizing this special evening for Wayne” said Bills Alumni President Booker Edgerson.

Wayne Patrick, who was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, signed as a free agent with the Bills in 1968. The big fullback was the first blocking back for O J Simpson. Patrick played for five seasons with the Bills.


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Bills alumni raffling off big cash prizes

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2009 – 3:33 pm

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation will be holding its 6th Annual Raffle Drawing on Sunday, Jan. 18, beginning at 4PM at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. There will be four prizes drawn.

1st prize is $2500 cash; 2nd prize is a 42” LCD HDTV; 3rd prize is $750 cash and the 4th prize is a Canon Digital Camera-10 Megapixel. Tickets to participate in the Bills Alumni Raffle are only $50. Up to seventy percent of the proceeds from the raffle go directly back to those not for profit organizations that help sell the tickets and take part in the raffle.

There are still a few tickets remaining for the Bills Alumni Raffle Drawing. If you would like to support the Alumni Raffle please call 716-694-7867 for more information.

The Bills Alumni Foundation will have a giant screen set up at the Adam’s Mark so attendees can watch and enjoy the AFC and NFC Championship games. The actual drawing will take place during the halftime of the second game, which begins at 6:30PM between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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