PRESS RELEASE-WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY
New Orleans Saints defensive end and Super Bowl champion Will Smith, of Utica, and his Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way Foundation will be hosting the fourth annual “Evening with All-Stars” on Saturday, March 31, at Daniele’s Banquet facility on Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford.
Guests for the event, which honors members of the Utica Observer-Dispatch’s All-Mohawk Valley Football Team, will be admitted at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7.
Smith, a former Thomas R. Proctor High School star who was the O-D’s Player of the Year in 1999, will be one of the guest speakers.
Also speaking will be former Proctor and University of Pittsburgh player Penny Semaia, the Life Skills Coordinator at Pitt, and Utica College head football coach Blaise Faggiano.
Utica O-D sports reporter Ron Moshier will introduce each of the All-Mohawk Valley Team members and WKTV’s Jason Powles will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $35 each, or $30 each for a table of eight. The event is open to all area student athletes – especially those planning to play sports at the next level – their parents, and coaches.
“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” is a not-for-profit organization founded by Smith. Proceeds from this event will help support the camp/combine and youth skills challenge Smith will hold in the area later this year.
Reservations and payment in full are due by Tuesday, March 27. Reservations can be made by visiting www.proctorfootball.com and completing the online form.
Checks should be made payable to “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.”
Here are the O-D’s 2011 All-Mohawk Valley Football Team members who will be honored Saturday night, March 31, during the fourth annual “Evening with All-Stars” hosted by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith and his “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” Foundation:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QB-LB Sean Crandall (Herkimer)
RB-LB Colin Hulser (Notre Dame)
RB-DB Steve Almond (Whitesboro)
QB: Jordan Treen (Proctor). RBs: Matt Felitto (Whitesboro), Rich Stapleton (RFA), Jared Frederick (Dolgeville). WRs: Maurice Mills (Proctor), Gio Aceto (Herkimer). TE: Vinny Fumarola (Frankfort-Schuyler). T: Zach Schrader (West Canada Valley), Toby Fitzgerald (Westmoreland). G: Nick Allen (Notre Dame), Evan Stoffle (Oneida). C: Tyler Heinrich (Proctor).
E: Ted Flint (Westmoreland), Nick Woodman (Proctor). T: Tanner Metoyer (Whitesboro), Josh Blair (RCH/Notre Dame). LBs: Ryan Murling (Westmoreland), Frank Dufford (West Canada Valley), Kaleb Smith (Dolgeville), Zack Zupan (Canastota). DB: Derek German (New Hartford), Mike Bunal (Whitesboro), Marvin Sherman (Westmoreland), Ray Ruggerio (Dolgeville).
PK-P: Dylan Thomas (RFA). KR-PR: Matt Sliker (VVS).