The DeBartolo Family Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation created by the members of the Edward DeBartolo, Jr. family to benefit local communities. The Foundation annually awards scholarships to high school students, provides school supplies to local teachers, adopts Bay Area families during the holidays, provides grants to organizations with exceptional requirements and presents the Spirit of Humanity Award, honoring local non-profit, grass roots organizations.
DeBartolo, Jr. was one of the most successful team owners in NFL history. His San Francisco 49ers won five championships during the 1980s and 1990s.
The event was a proverbial “who’s who” of NFL legends. Eric Davis is a former San Francisco 49er. The legendary cornerback is a 2 time Pro Bowler 3 time All Pro and a Superbowl Champion. Other San Francisco 49er greats were all in attendance as well, including Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clarke (aka “The Catch”).
The All Star Charity Gala was a wonderful event. Master illusionist David Blaine performed for the guests and it was beyond magic – it was serious wizardry!
We are really big football fans at our house (our son Zander has been having a pretty amazing year) and it is always a pleasure to meet true sportsmen and amazing athletes. Few fit that bill better than Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, a three time Superbowl Champion and the MVP of Superbowl XXIII.
Several weeks ago Don posted an Instagram for a #throwbackthursday from 1990, when he met Jerry Rice. It was fun to catch up with him at the All Star Charity Gala
As interesting and fun as these charity events are, it is truly a wonderful thing to help support organizations that are so focused on helping others. Since 2001, the DeBartolo Family Foundation has awarded more than 100 community organizations with grants, and has awarded $815,000 to area seniors entering college who have achieved academic excellence despite certain financial and personal obstacles.
Thank you, DeBartolo Family Foundation, for a wonderful evening and especially for all you do for your community!
To read more about some of the charitable organizations that we proudly support, please click here.