The annual Legends for Charity dinner on February 10 raised an unprecedented $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Super Bowl week at the NFL headquarters hotel – the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live.

The coveted Pat Summerall Award was presented to FOX Sports' Erin Andrews, the award's first female recipient.
The coveted Pat Summerall Award was presented to FOX Sports' Erin Andrews, the award's first female recipient.

During the event, FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews received the coveted Pat Summerall Award, which celebrates her outstanding work as a sportscaster and contributions to the community. She is the first female award recipient.

Philanthropy was top-of-mind for guests and sponsors who raised a record $2 million for the kids of St. Jude. Three top quarterbacks sent special surprise congratulations along with sports broadcasters spanning multiple networks who shared their thoughts via video messages. The evening was rounded out by a live auction and an online auction that included one-of-a-kind sports, travel, and entertainment experiences.

Legends for Charity, created and developed by President of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions Cheryl DeLeonardis, has become a cornerstone event during the biggest week in professional sports. The late Pat Summerall and his wife Cheri, together with DeLeonardis, chose St. Jude as their charity partner in 2006. Since then, the event has raised more than $10 million to benefit St. Jude.

Thanks to events like Legends for Charity, St. Jude continues to honor its commitment to research and world class care grounded in a founding promise: that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for their child’s treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.

“What a memorable night we had honoring Erin Andrews with the Pat Summerall Award for her outstanding career and commitment to giving back,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Just as Erin created history as the award’s first female recipient, she and many athletes, celebrities and donors attained another Legends milestone this year: raising $2 million for the families of St. Jude. Their generosity will make a difference worldwide by helping fund the $11.5 billion, six-year St. Jude strategic plan that triples global investments to impact more of the 400,000 kids around the world with cancer each year.”

Andrews visited St. Jude in 2013 for the first time. It was a life-changing experience that she shared during the Legends for Charity dinner presentation – an experience full of hope, kindness and new friendships. During that visit, Andrews met St. Jude patient Zane and they bonded over their shared love for the Florida Gators. Zane began treatment at St. Jude in 2010 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since their introduction, they have caught up with one another via video chats like this one. Zane is now 15 years old and cancer-free.

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