–The 27th Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic will take place today. Over 50 celebrities come together from the sports and entertainment industry for a memorable weekend and each golf foursome will be paired with a celebrity golfer. The event serves as a benefit for Kelly for Kids – a not-for-profit foundation committed to providing funding and support to those organizations throughout Western New York that operate for the benefit of disadvantaged and disabled youth. Through its grant program, Kelly for Kids supports various entities focused on children’s needs and issues, especially those that serve the handicapped and disadvantaged.
–The Buffalo Bills and Unyts will host the Gift of Life Blood Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium tomorrow, June 4th. All presenting donors will receive a complimentary a $5 Subway gift card, a complimentary $5 Tim Hortons gift card, a ½ pint of Perry’s Ice Cream and will be entered in random drawings for many great prizes. Stadium and locker room tours will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for donors. Donors should bring their photo I.D. and must be 17 years of age or older. Those 16 years of age may donate blood with parental consent. Walk-ins are welcome or donors can call 1.716.312.7940 or visit www.unyts.org to make an appointment.
–Former Bills DL Phil Hansen and his wife Dianna will return to Buffalo and the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo tomorrow, June 4th at 11:00 am to dedicate the Hansen Family Room and visit with families and staff at a post dedication luncheon. Dianna, a long-time volunteer at the House, and Phil, a former Buffalo Bill defensive end standout inducted onto the Bills Wall of Fame in 2011, will be honored for their selfless commitment to children and families.
–The Buffalo Bills are offering a special fundraising opportunity for local schools. Schools in Buffalo, Rochester and Southern Ontario will have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings Kids Day Game on August 16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium for just $20.00. For every $20.00 ticket sold, $5.00 will go back to the school. Schools interested in participating in the fundraising effort can contact Sara Beth Fisher at 716-312-8917 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kids Day Game will feature youth-themed tailgating, an exclusive gameday giveaway, interactive games, face painting, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, as well as post-game fireworks.
—Fifty Yard Finish: On Saturday, June 29, participants can take part in a half marathon, 5k or kids 1-mile run that will begin at Ralph Wilson Stadium, continue through the village and town of Orchard Park and finish at the 50 yard line on the field. Follow along with buffalobills.com journalist Hannah Buehler as she trains with Bills Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Liburd for the race. Details can be found here: Fifty Yard Finish Details
QUOTE OF THE DAY
DOUG MARRONE, Buffalo Bills Head Coach on the overall accomplishment from OTAs:
“The one thing I did like throughout the 10 days, was the competitiveness, whether it was generated from the individual player, or it was generated because we were moving people around so much. That’s the type of competitiveness I was looking for. I was able to see that. Now the goal for myself, as the head coach, is how can we escalate that competition when we put the pads on, because the rules open us up to do more things.” via BuffaloBills.com (5/31)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone addresses the team at the end of their final OTA of 2013 on Friday, May 31st at One Bills Drive. Click here for a ‘Best of 2013 OTAs’ Photo Gallery on BuffaloBills.com
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