New York's Hottest Event raised $475,000 for Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy; Charity Surpasses $1 Million Dollar Fundraising Goal since 2008 Inception
NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, June 2nd, New York Giant defensive end Justin Tuck hosted Tuck's Celebrity Billiards Tournament Presented by RXR Realty LLC, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company. The third annual fundraiser was again held at Slate NYC and continues to be a marquee event in the New York charity scene.
This year's billiards competition generated $475,000 and more importantly, took the total fundraising of Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy well over the $1 million plateau since the charity's creation in 2008. This event along with the charity's Sack Challenge help Justin and Lauran continue their mission to educate and empower underserved children by providing books and other reading materials to both New York City schools as well as school districts in Alabama where Tuck was raised.
Several big name celebrities and athletes came out to support Tuck including Adam Schefter (ESPN), Andy Rautins (NY Knicks), Anthony Anderson (Actor), Bernard Hopkins (Pro Boxer), Bill Hemmer (Fox News), Buddy Valastro (TV Personality), Cappie Pondexter (NY Liberty), Cedric the Entertainer (Comedian/Actor), Chris Canty (NY Giants), Chris Wragge (Anchor, CBS The Early Show), Chubb Rock (Old Skool Rapper), Cliff Robinson (Retired NBA), Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark, NJ), Dave Diehl (NY Giants), DJ Mad Linx (DJ and the event DJ as well), Earl "The Pearl" Monroe (Retired NBA), Hakeem Nicks (NY Giants), Holt McCallany (Actor), Jared Fogle (Subway TV personality), Jeanette Lee "Black Widow" (Professional Billiards Player), John Starks (Retired NBA), Keith Bulluck (NY Giants), LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers), Landry Fields (NY Knicks), Mark Sanchez (NY Jets), Michael Boley (NY Giants), Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef TV Hostess), Patrick Chung (New England Patriots), Petra Nemcova (Super Model), Rahzel Brown (Hip Hop Artist), Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens), Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers), Shaun O'Hara (NY Giants), Spike Lee (Actor/Mogul), Terrell Thomas (NY Giants), Tristan Wilds (90210 TV Star).
Jeannette "The Black Widow" Lee participated in the Terra Chip Shot Challenge against celebrities and attendees, while Anthony Anderson and DJ Mad Linx entertained the crowd. The guests were also treated to a surprise performance from hip hop artist Rahzel and Cedric the Entertainer. Mayor Cory Booker of Newark also came to support his new partner in education, Justin Tuck.
Bill Hogan and his team of NetApp won the 2011 tournament becoming the newest Tuck's Celebrity Billiards champions.
The winner's Grand Prize Package includes luxury vacation courtesy of The Four Seasons Resort, Nevis West Indies, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, David Yurman Jewelry, Pelle Pelle Leather Jacket, Gift Certificate to Del Frisco's Steakhouse, Kenneth Cole Watch Set, NFL Cooler & Tailgate Grill and a year membership to Crunch Gyms.
Tuck's Celebrity Billiards Tournament is supported by many dedicated companies and individuals who also believe in Tuck's passion for literacy. Sponsors for this year's event included presenting sponsor RXR Realty, Hewlett-Packard, Subway, NetApp, The Hain Celestial Group, Coca-Cola, Moet Hennessy, and Barclays Wealth.
Please find photos from the event at www.gettyimages.com, NY Giants Justin Tuck 3rd Annual "Rush For Literacy" Celebrity Billiards Tournament.
For B-roll footage please visit www.badertv.com/rush-literacy.
About Justin Tuck and Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy
This program aspires to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives. Founded by Justin and Lauran Tuck, this initiative is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to enrich youth in the New York and Central Alabama communities. Justin Tuck is an NFL Pro Bowl and All-Pro defensive end who was drafted by the New York Giants in 2005. For more information, please visit www.justintuck.com.
RXR Realty LLC ("RXR") is a vertically integrated private real estate company with expertise in investment management, property management, development, design, construction, leasing, financing and asset management. RXR's core growth strategy is focused on New York City and the surrounding tri-state area markets. The Company is one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in the New York Tri-State Area with interests in approximately $2.5 billion in assets, comprised of 102 operating properties containing approximately 12.9 million square feet, and an extensive development pipeline.
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