By Larry Fitzgerald
Originally posted 4/23/2010
Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald Jr (L-R)Friday thanks the audience for supporting CFMF with Dad Larry Sr, & and brother Marcus.
Sometimes pictures can speak a thousand words. For the sixth straight year, hundreds of friends and family came through over a two-day period like a Kobe Bryant last-second shot in the clutch to support and continue the memory of a winner, the legendary Carol Fitzgerald.
Carol is the late wife of yours truly, Larry, Sr., and mother of Larry, Jr. and Marcus.
Because so many of you gave of your time and money again, the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF) continues to grow, and in growing help more people and organizations that need it most. Carol’s work was serious business for people, particularly for Black women with breast cancer, support and prevention of HIV/AIDS in our community, and support of education of our urban youth.
Larry Sr with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks & Marcus talking with media.
In this arena, winning is not everything — it’s the only thing. With so many across-the-board federal and state service program cuts, it’s been tough.
The Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley again was the place to be. For the second year in a row, Jive Records recording artist Jordin Sparks highlighted the benefit. On Friday the 2007 American Idol winner warmed to the audience singing songs from her Battlefield CD. Master of ceremonies was Ms. Lea B. Olson of FOX Sports North.
Several stars from the sports and entertainment world turned out to support the cause and have a good time, led by Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., All-Pro defensive star Pat Williams of the Vikings, his teammates Ray Edwards and Tyrell Johnson, the great Jim Marshall, and former Twins star Scott Lieus.
Anne Hutchinson & Larry Sr.
“My mom did a lot of things for this community,” said Larry, Jr., and we wanted to honor her by continuing to try to help the people she felt good about.” The 2010 Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund grant recipients are:
In Breast Cancer: African American Breast Cancer Alliance of Minneapolis; Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, Arizona.
In Education of Urban Youth: African American Adoption Agency, Roseville; Eden Prairie Schools; Lewis Sports Foundation; Longfellow Community School; Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Chicago; National Alliance of African American Athletes, Harrisburg, PA; Page Foundation, Minneapolis; Pathways to College For Families, Minneapolis; Prestige Academy,
Minneapolis; Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Minneapolis; Pilgrim Lutheran School, Minneapolis; Plano Child Development Center, Chicago; Refuge Center of Pontiac, Inc., Pontiac, MI; Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis; Skip Program, Millersburg, PA; Summit Academy OIC, Minneapolis; Three Deep Leadership Academy, Minneapolis; Xavier University Alumni Assn. of Chicago.
In HIV/AIDS Prevention & Support: African-American AIDS Task Force, Minneapolis; Christian Community Health Center, Chicago; Community Fitness Today, Inc.; Summit University Teen Center, St. Paul; Tabernacle Full Gospel Church, Rock Hill, SC; The City Inc., Minneapolis; United Comm–unities, Minneapolis.
Sparks singing at Metropolitan Ball room on Friday at CFMF Benefit.
The silent auction included some marvelous items including signed All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. helmets and jerseys, Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints star Reggie Bush jersey, a Brett Favre signed game ball by the future Hall of Fame Vikings quarterback, plus game-worn shoes by two-time NBA MVP and 2010 assist leader Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns.
The CFMF weekend day two on Saturday was held again from 1-4 pm at Martin Luther King Center in Minneapolis, where Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus used to play peewee football. Again, many family and friends turned out to support, socialize, and be entertained by KMOJ’s Ray Richardson.
Cardinals star Larry, Jr. also had his only-Minnesota official autograph signing session. all to benefit the many organizations awarded CFMF 2010 Grants. This year’s two-day event issued $120,000 in grants to the organizations fighting the fight to save lives and educate our youth.
Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:20 am, and on WDGY-AM 740 Monday & Saturday mornings at 7:50 am and Fridays at 3:50 pm; he also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Larry welcomes reader responses to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.Larry-Fitzger ald.com.