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Chris Canty Foundation Champions Golf Classic and Pre-Tournament Party

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The Chris Canty Foundation is a non-profit organization that exposes youth K-12 to health and fitness activities, educational programs, and community service projects in order to help them grow as individuals. Founded in North Carolina in 2010 by Chris Canty, a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, the Chris Canty Foundation was established on the core values of hope, service, respect, justice, and compassion.

On May 4, the Foundation presented the Pre-Tournament Party for its 2014 Champions Golf Classic at Midtown sports lounge Suite 36. Guests networked and participated in a silent auction while enjoying hosted cocktails and platters of hors d'ouevres. Auction items included autographed sports memorabilia, music items such as an iconic, autographed photo of Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performing together, and a guitar signed by Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars. All donations benefited the Foundation.

Chris Canty Foundation President and Chairman Joseph Canty told party guests that their charity would allow more youth to attend the organization's summer camp-- the Camp of Champions. The camps take place in Charlotte, North Carolina and New York City in June and July. The Camp of Champions allows youth ages 8-16 to increase their skills in football, and teaches them important life skills such as communication, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

The 2014 Champions Golf Classic took place at the elite Alpine Country Club in Demarest, New Jersey on May 5. Golfers of all levels played alongside celebrities and top athletes, and participated in a putting contest, "closest to the pin" contest, and a longest drive challenge.

The Golf Classic was hosted by WNYW New York newscaster Duke Castiglione, and also featured breakfast for the players, on course food and beverages, branded polos and gym bags, and a post-event cocktail hour. Sponsors of the Classic included Merrill Lynch, Next Level Sports & Business Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Benzel Busch, and others.

On the event's website, Chris Canty described why he began the philanthropic organization.

"We started this foundation to expose youth to opportunities similar to those that I was fortunate to have growing up. This is all about developing future leaders," he said.

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