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National Signing Day Dinner Raises More Than $70,000 for FAU Football

BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University athletics department recently hosted a dinner to benefit the football program. The event, which raised more than $70,000 in cash and pledges, was held on National Signing Day for college football, the first day that a high school senior may sign a National Letter of Intent to signify their university of choice.

More than 140 guests attended the event, which took place at Bogart’s Bar & Grille in Boca Raton. FAU Head Football Coach Carl Pelini introduced the 2012 signing class and his new coaching staff. The nine staff members average more than 10 years of experience and have supported nearly 50 players who have moved on to the professional football ranks. Three of the staff’s former players played for the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.

“It is my pleasure to introduce my new staff and our signing class for the first time to Owl fans,” said Pelini. “It was an event that everyone enjoyed and one that I believe we can grow each year.”

Guests had an opportunity to bid on a number of sports-themed auction items, including an original seat from the Orange Bowl signed by former FAU football coach Howard Schnellenberger, as well as a program from the University of Miami’s first national championship won under the legendary Schnellenberger in 1983; and memorabilia signed by Rusty Smith, former FAU quarterback and third-string quarterback for the Tennessee Titans; Jake Long, player for the Miami Dolphins; as well as 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. The highest selling items were a trip for two to see the Owls face the defending national champions, the University of Alabama, in September and a foursome hosted by Pelini at Trump International Golf Club.

Event sponsors were Anthony ’85 and Maria ’87 Altieri, AVR Depot and Dr. Richard Staller.

For more information, contact Brenda Husinka at 561-297-0069 or .



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