Fourth Annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiards Tournament Entertains Guests And Raises Funds For Tuck's R.U.S.H. For Literacy
NY Giants’ Justin Tuck and wife Lauran continue to bring Celebrities, VIPs and Athletes together for a Great Cause
NEW YORK, NY(June 6, 2012) - On Thursday, May 31, New York Giant Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck hosted the fourth annual Tuck’s Celebrity Billiards Tournament Presented by RXR Realty LLC, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company, at Slate NYC. A major event in the New York charity scene, this year’s billiards competition raised over $425,000, bringing Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy passed the $1.5 million fundraising mark since the charity’s creation in 2008.
This fundraiser, along with the charity’s Sack Challenge and various donations, help Justin and Lauran continue their mission to educate and empower underserved children by providing new books and other reading materials to both Tri-State schools as well as school districts in Alabama where Tuck was raised.
Several big name celebrities and athletes came out to support Tuck including Amanda Seales (MTV Personality), Angie Martinez (Hot 97 radio personality), Anthony Anderson (Actor/Comedian), Bernard Hopkins (Professional Boxer), Bill Jaffe (NHL Network Analyst), Billy King (Brooklyn Nets GM), Buddy Valastro (TLC’s Cake Boss), Cappie Pondexter (NY Liberty), Chase Blackburn (NY Giants), Chris Canty (NY Giants), Chris Ferraro (Retired NHL), Craig “Speedy” Claxton (Retired NBA), DJ Mad Linx (DJ and event DJ as well), Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (Retired NBA), Fred Robbins (NFL player), Hannah Storm (ESPN personality), Henry Hynoski (NY Giants), Jamario Moon (Charlotte Bobcats), Jared Fogle (Subway TV personality), Jason Pierre-Paul (NY Giants), Jeanette Lee “The Black Widow” (Professional billiards player), John Franco (Retired MLB), John Starks (Retired NBA), Kenny Phillips (NY Giants), Kevin Boothe (NY Giants), Michael A. Smith (ESPN personality), Michael Boley (NY Giants), Osi Umenyiora (NY Giants), Peter Ferraro (Retired NHL), Prince Amukamara (NY Giants), Ramses Barden (NY Giants), Ronnie Lott (Retired NFL), Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers), Ryan Serhant (Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing), Selita Ebanks (Supermodel), Shaun O’Hara (NFL player), Spencer Paysinger (NY Giants), Terrell Thomas (NY Giants), Treach (Naughty by Nature), Tyler Sash (NY Giants), Victor Cruz (NY Giants), Vivica A. Fox (Actor) and Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers).
For the fourth consecutive year, Jeannette “The Black Widow” Lee wowed the crowd with trick shots and played against celebrities and attendees, while Anthony Anderson and DJ Mad Linx entertained the crowd. Guests of the event were served Avion cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, along with Subway sandwiches and treats from Georgetown Cupcake. They also received a gift bag full of great items from RXR, Nike, Subway, NFL, cPrime, Pelle Pelle, David Barton Gym, HSM Clothing, Delicatessen NYC, Monster Cookie, Pretzel Crips, Joe Coffee Shop and Macbar.
Retired NBA star Speedy Claxton and O’Sullivan Children Foundation representative James McKenna won the 2012 tournament becoming the newest Tuck’s Celebrity Billiards champions.
The winner’s Grand Prize Package includes a three night stay for two at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Pelle Pelle Leather Jacket, a one-year all-access membership to David Barton Gym, an HP Pavilon g6 Laptop, Custom Fit Hart Schaffner Marx Suit,
Del Frisco’s gift card valued at $250, a Timex watch, Tuck Nike Fan Jersey, Nike iD Experience, Xbox 360 console with Kinect and Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, and additional gifts.
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, Avion, Subway, NetApp and Coca-Cola.
Please find photos from the event at www.gettyimages.com, NY Giants Justin Tuck 4th Annual "Rush For Literacy" Celebrity Billiards Tournament.
For B-roll footage please email Rebecca.Otto@octagon.com.
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 Lauran and Justin 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. The 2012 Celebrity Billiards event raised over $400,000 and helped push Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy over the $1.5 million fundraising mark. Justin Tuck is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl and All-Pro defensive end who was drafted by the New York Giants in 2005. He recorded the best defensive performance during Super Bowl XLVI and his dominant play helped lead the Giants to victory against the New England Patriots for the second time in five years. For more information, please visit www.justintuck.com.
About RXR Realty
RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”) is a vertically integrated private real estate company with expertise in investment management, property management, development, design, construction, leasing and financing.
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 $4.5 billion of assets, comprised of 105 operating properties containing approximately 17.2 million square feet. For more information about RXR, visit www.rxrrealty.com.
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