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Players back Samoan relief effort

Bengals defensive starters Jonathan Fanene, Rey Maualuga and Domata Peko, among other Bengals, will sign autographs at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the Bengals Bash and American Samoa relief effort.

The Bengals Bash takes place in the Backstage Alley area, across Walnut Street from the Aronoff Center and adjacent to Nicholson's Tavern & Pub. Fanene and Peko are natives of American Samoa, and Maualuga is the son of Samoan parents. They seek donations for the relief effort at the site of the tsunami disaster in American Samoa.

Fans can participate in a raffle that includes baskets with jerseys and memorabilia of their favorite players, tickets to games and other prizes with the proceeds going to the tsunami victims. The BenGals cheerleaders are to sign their new calendar and 700 WLW's Seg Dennison MCs.

Special guests at the Bengals Bash include Bootsy Collins and the Jr. Pro Ben-Gals. Fans will also enjoy live music performed by R & B favorite Basic Truth. 

Bengals fans can purchase an official Bengals Bash cup for $1 that can get refills until 9 p.m. for $1 at any of the DO Downtown restaurants. 

The Do Downtown Restaurant members are BlackFinn, Boi Na Braza, Bootsy's, Havana Martini Club, JeanRo Bistro, Jeff Ruby's, Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, Palomino, Trattoria Roma and Via Vite. 

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