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Going long for food bank Want to go?
Former Redskins, sports memorabilia shop and food bank team up to raise money for turkeys

Date published: 11/11/2008

By DAN TELVOCK

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is hoping to get at least 2,500 turkeys this holiday season, and it will call on a bunch of football players to help.

The Second Annual Thanks-giving Signing Feast is tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Card Cellar at Four-Mile Fork Shopping Center.

"Last year they raised over $5,000," said Oya Oliver, the executive director of the food bank. "We gave turkeys to about 625 households."

Oliver said a total of $12,908 was raised from the community last year during the holiday season, which provided more than 2,200 turkeys. The card-signing event brought in the largest single donation.

She said the food bank looks forward to this event as a way to provide families with an extra-special treat for the holidays.

"We push to try to do something a little different than our ordinary emergency food distribution," she said.

The event will bring six former Washington Redskins together in one setting to sign items for fans. The $10 fee for each signing goes directly to the food bank. There is also a raffle.

Mike Nelms, a defensive back who was named one of the 70 greatest players in Washington Redskins history, will attend again this year.

Dan Telvock: 540/374-5438
Email: dtelvock@freelancestar.com


WHEN?

The event is tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Card Cellar in the Four-Mile Fork Shopping Center, 5047 Jefferson Davis Highway.

WHO?

Six former Washington Redskins have agreed to appear to sign items. They are: Ken Harvey, Mike Bragg, Mike Nelms, Pat Fischer, Ron McDole and Walt Rock

COST?

Each autograph is $10 with the proceeds going directly to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. There will also be tickets for a raffle at $5 a piece or five for $20. Prizes are a VIP wing party for 10 people at Hooters, an autographed jersey and other items.