It’s been just over one week since the record-smashing 2016 Play Rugby USA Gala. Let’s take a look back at this incredible event!
We are deeply grateful for the support we received for this fantastic evening celebrating American Rugby and honoring Mike Tolkin with the 2nd Annual Founder’s Award for his lifetime contribution to Rugby. The generosity of over 300 people helped us once again smash through all previous fundraising records to raise $233K! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this incredible accomplishment, and can’t wait to put those dollars to work to support thousands of deserving young student-athletes.
Your generous contribution provides the critical funds needed to provide programming that supports our mission to use the unique power of rugby to inspire and empower youth, primarily from underserved communities, to Go Forward and realize their true potential.
We would also like to thank the following for making this an evening to remember:
Honoree, Mike Tolkin
Emcee, John Layfield
Special Guests, James Bird, Seamus Kelly, Mike Petri, Marty Veale, and Lara Vivolo
NY Academy Captains, Malery and Calaysha
Auctioneer, Pat Tully
Gala Co-Chairs, Scott Adams and Marcus De Costa
Gala Committee, Toby Butterfield, Jonah Cave, Shannon Cave, Ed Griffin, Kieran Holohan, William Looker, Tania Min, Peter O’Brien, Leo Purtill and Mallory Woods
Special thanks also to JJ Darling, Alex Foster and Luke Jarman
And finally, thank you to our sponsors below.
Peter and Lisa Seccia