The Coast News Group

Foundation gala set to raise funds for athlete’s cause

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Marshall Faulk Foundation announces its third annual Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 15 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center on the campus of San Diego State.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Marshall Faulk Foundation, a local nonprofit led by SDSU Aztec and NFL superstar Marshall Faulk.
The Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration will be a commemoration of SDSU football both past and present. The event will help kick off the school’s homecoming festivities by supporting the Aztecs as they battle the Air Force Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium the following night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. for VIPs and sponsors with a private reception and autograph signing in the 28 Club.
The evening will also provide guests complimentary bar and signature dish tastings from some of San Diego’s best restaurants including Bully’s East, Café Sevilla, J Six, Fleming’s, Pamplemousse Grill and more. Guests also have the opportunity to bid on fabulous auction packages including priceless sports memorabilia, great vacation getaways and much more. To top off the evening guests will be entertained by the fabulously unique and energetic sounds of renowned band, NRG.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.marshall beginning at $100 per person for general admission. Additional sponsorship and ticket opportunities are available, and include program and website recognition, admission into the 28 Club VIP reception and more. For tickets or more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities,
The foundation provides funding for local San Diego inner city youth programs that focus on sports and education to keep kids off the streets. Specifically, the funds procured from this event will go to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and to the SDSU Aztec Club (formerly known as the SDSU Aztec Athletic Foundation) to create scholarship opportunities for the SDSU Aztec Football Program. This year the foundation hopes to raise more than $50,000 to be given to these two great organizations. In its first two years, this event has donated more than $35,000 to San Diego State University’s Aztec Club and more than $20,000 to the Jackie Robinson YMCA.
Faulk’s football career took him to play for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. The current Rancho Santa Fe resident enjoyed success as a leading NFL running back and is now a top nominee for entry into the NFL’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2011. His charitable focus remains in San Diego, and in developing opportunities for at-risk youth. “I’ve been so blessed where my life has taken me, and hosting the Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration is my way to give back to the community and school that gave me so much, and prepared me for my career,” Faulk, founder and president, Marshall Faulk Foundation said.
“Growing up in the YMCA as a child, Marshall understands the needs of the Y and gives not only much needed funds but his time, talent and treasures,” said Michael Brunker, executive director, Jackie Robinson YMCA. “Marshall was an important player on the field but is proving to be an even more important player in the most important game, the game of life!”
Contact the Marshall Faulk Foundation at (858) 277-2828 or [email protected].