All season 32 NFL teams strive toward one goal: the opportunity to represent their city at the Super Bowl. On the other end of the field, the Taste of NFL also works hard year-round combating hunger in each of those cities through online campaigns and fundraisers. The two events collided on the eve of the big game when former NFL players, such as Criag Terrill (Seahawks) and Tim Tebow (Broncos/Jets) together with 40 chefs and 2,500 appetites gathered for the 24th annual Party with a Purpose event in WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Throughout the night chefs partners with NFL legends at food stations cooking savory samples. Guests were also welcomed to participate in the Out Bid Hunger silent auction to bid on sports memorabilia. Adam Richman, star of The Travel Channel’s Man v Food program and actress Alyssa Milano hosted the event. Noted in attendance, among others were Miss America Kira Kazantsev, former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jamir Miller and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“On behalf of the Taste of the NFL, a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this year’s event, particularly our amazing chefs. Thanks to their ongoing, tireless efforts, we are able to continue the fight against the growing hunger epidemic in this country,” said Taste of the NFL Founder and Executive Director Wayne Kostroski in a press release. “We’re most grateful for the help of everyone involved, including our dedicated sponsors and the host City of Scottsdale, in allowing us to generate six million additional meals for food banks across the country.”
The Taste of NFL has been focused on fighting hunger in America since 1992. Their programs have raised more than $22 million to help to feed 37 million Americas through their local food banks. Their online campaign #KickHunger encourages fans to donate to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. The deadline for this season’s donations is Friday, Feb. 13.
Next year’s Super Bowl will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the party with a Purpose event, scheduled to take place in San Francisco.
“It will be a golden and silver-themed week as the NFL and the Taste of the NFL celebrate their 50th and 25th anniversaries, respectively, and you can bet that all our fundraising records will be broken,” said Kostroski.