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Summerall Benefit Dinner Raises Record Amount

St. Jude children's hospital reaps big rewards



    Summerall Benefit Dinner Raises Record Amount
    Legends for Charity
    Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson.

    by Bruce Felps

    One last thing, maybe, from the Super Bowl that just won’t die, but this is a good thing.

    Nearly 800 people last week slipped and slid their ways to the Hilton Anatole to attend the seventh annual Legends for Charity Dinner that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    The event took place in conjunction with Super Bowl XLV and featured the presentation of the Pat Summerall Award, which went to the guys from NFL on FOX — Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer, Jimmy Johnson, and Joe Buck. Hey, where was Troy Aikman?

    According to a press release, a “poignant moment” occurred when Summerall gave Joe Buck a watch his dad, Jack Buck, gave Summerall back when the pair broadcast the Super Bowl in 1847. Kidding about the year.

    Two St. Jude hospital patients, according to the release, stole some hearts if not the show. Ellen Taylor, 9, sang “Over the Rainbow” and “God Bless America;” and 9-year-old Braden Allard closed his segment with, “I may not have a Super Bowl ring, but I survived cancer.”

    No word on whether or not he spiked the microphone, but he deserved the right had he wanted to.

    All in all — dinner tickets, silent auction, live auction — the event raised $488,000 for St. Jude.

    Well done, people, well done.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He always liked Summerall as an NFL broadcaster. And no, he is not old enough to remember Summerall’s playing career.