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!


Our team just keeps growing! (photo: JJ Darling Photography)

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.

Click here to see photos from the night! >>

We would also like to thank the following for making this an evening to remember:


Founder, Mark Griffin MBE and Honoree, Mike Tolkin (photo: JJ Darling Photography)

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.

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Additional Sponsors:


Peter and Lisa Seccia

Stuart Bohart

Chris Busby

Team Sponsor
Bob Savage

Julia Boland
Mitchell Davis
Kenneth DeNatale
Greg Gooch
Fahmila Imam
Francie Shafer
Bob Weggler

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