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NFL Alumni Association of Central and neighborhood bridges team-up for students in need

Neighborhood Bridges and Central Ohio NFL Alumni Association Team-Up to Help Students in Need

Partnership Launches with “Topgolf Shootout” Fundraiser and Public Service Announcement

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, January 26, 2022— Neighborhood bridges, a nonprofit that helps students and families in need through direct local giving, today announced its partnership with the Central Ohio NFL Alumni Association. The two organizations will collaborate on public service announcements, fundraising events and other initiatives in line with their shared commitment to caring for kids.

“NFL Alumni Topgolf Shootout” is the first scheduled fundraiser. It will take place on Tuesday, March 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Topgolf Columbus; 2000 Ikea Way, Columbus, Ohio 43240. This event exclusively benefits neighborhood bridges. The tournament will feature challenges, $5,000 in prizes, premium food and beverages, swag bags, and the opportunity to hang out with NFL Pros. Tickets are $1,500 for a team of six, and can be purchased here.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with neighborhood bridges to help meet the basic needs of economically disadvantaged students,” said Andy Katzenmoyer, president, NFL Alumni Association Central Ohio Chapter. “‘Caring for Kids’ is a central focus for our organization. Neighborhood bridges has created a platform that effectively engages local communities to join in the effort. Together, our organizations will be working to put vulnerable students on track for success in school and in life.”

Katzenmoyer will be featured in upcoming public service announcements for neighborhood bridges, targeted to air in mid-February. The campaign raises awareness of the fact that approximately 50 percent of students in Central Ohio are economically disadvantaged. Their basic needs—in line with food, clothing and shelter—are not being met. By encouraging viewers to subscribe to neighborhood bridges, the organizations hope to increase their capacity for kindness in Central Ohio and beyond.

“We’ve found an ideal partner in the Central Ohio NFL Alumni Association. Their focus on strengthening communities and caring for kids directly aligns with our mission,” said Rick Bannister, founder and CEO, neighborhood bridges. “On the heels of announcing OhioHealth as a Central Ohio Sponsor, this relationship further supports our growth objectives for 2022. We are grateful for their support and excited to collaborate on the life-impacting work that lies ahead.”

Neighborhood bridges provides fast, efficient and direct support by inviting professionals at schools, mental health agencies, and service organizations to advocate for those in need. Advocates post needs via a secure portal that maintains recipient anonymity. Needs are shared with community subscribers and followers through emails and social media posts. Typical needs include food, clothing, shoes, coats, eye exams, school supplies, school fees, furniture, household items, and monetary donations for household expenses.

With administrative costs under 10 percent, neighborhood bridges maintains an elite standing among other charities. The organization earned Guidestar’s Gold Seal of Transparency in 2021. For more information, to subscribe, or to donate visit www.neighborhoodbridges.org.

About the NFL Alumni Association

Founded in 1967 by a small group of successful retired NFL players, the National Football League Alumni is the oldest and most respected retired player organization in professional sports. NFL Alumni has a traditional mission of “Caring for Kids” across the country. Player alumni give back in their local communities by raising funds for youth-related charities through their 35 regional chapters. It is a tradition that has existed for more than 50 years through the NFL Alumni Foundation - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

About neighborhood bridges

A 501(c)(3) organization, neighborhood bridges’ mission is to bridge communities with schools in providing basic needs, removing barriers, and seeking equity for students so they can engage and succeed in school and life. The organization has driven direct support and care to more than 222,000 students and families through over $3.5 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in 38 communities throughout Ohio and Alabama.

For more information, visit neighborhoodbridges.org.

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