The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation hosted 250 guests at its first ever Night to Pass It On event at Music Hall on Friday, June 1. More than $220,000 was raised to support the Foundation's five programs, which provide daily support, opportunities, resources and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically-challenged children and their families.
"JJ and I feel so fortunate to have this platform and to be able to give back to these families in a bigger way," said Andy Dalton. "To shift the focus from celebrity appeal to the families that have been impacted is huge for us. We're thankful for the tremendous amount of support to be able to do that and really show what the Foundation has grown to become."
The event (formerly Celebrity Waiter Night) shifted focus this year to recognize families who have received grants from the Foundation's Pass It On Fund, which provides financial relief to families with seriously ill or physically-challenged children. Three families were awarded the Courage Award, Inspiration Award and Spirit Award.
"It's more than providing fun experiences, it's making a greater impact in the lives of these families who have endured so much," said JJ Dalton.
Several of Dalton's Bengals teammates were in attendance to show their support and mingle with attendees throughout the night, including Tyler Eifert, Cordy Glenn, C.J. Uzomah, Kevin Huber, Preston Brown, Dan Pitcher, Jeff Driskel, Ryan Hewitt and Matt Barkley.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception sponsored by State Farm and Warm Realty Development, dinner, silent and live auctions, and awards program to recognize families who have received Pass It On Fund grants. This year also included an After Party with special cocktails from Molly Wellmann, a dessert bar, gaming and DJ.
About the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation
Founded in 2011, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation seeks to provide opportunities, support and resources, along with life-changing experiences, to seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families. For more information, please visit andydalton.org.