Giving back

Giving back – an example

Anthony and DeDe Munoz present a scholarship check

We’ve already established that I am a Cheesehead by Birth (and my wife is one by marriage).  That doesn’t mean that I limited my football “studies” to the Green and Gold.  I remember watching the Cincinnati Bengals on TV and observing the stellar play of Anthony Muñoz.  His induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a foregone conclusion.

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When my wife informed me that we had tickets to the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner (http://www.munozfoundation.org/default.asp?contentid=21 ),  I was looking forward to having the opportunity to meet one of the greatest Offensive Linemen of all time.

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The Foundation, among its other activities, gave college scholarships of $20,000 to five deserving high school seniors (none of whom were focused on athletics, by the way).  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after their acceptance speeches.

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It was heart-warming to learn of the things the Anthony Muñoz Foundation does for the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky community.  From all accounts, Anthony is as great a person as everyone says.  The H-O-F’ers in attendance spoke very highly of the AMF organization (and they’re exposed to a lot of them).

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But, the bigger message was that one needn’t be a H-O-F’er, Celebrity or Corporate Bigwig in order to make a difference in someone’s life.  I encourage readers to volunteer at an organization in your area.  A little bit of time can pay big dividends.

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Other highlights of the evening:

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Meeting Anthony Muñoz and some of the dozen or so Hall of Famers who attended (note:  John Randle doesn’t look nearly as scary without his face paint….although I’m pretty sure he’s still crazy!).

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The great R&B / Motown tunes played by 2nd Wind (killer voices all around!) during the Social Hour and after the main Program.

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The mini cupcakes at the dessert table, from Sugar Cupcakery.

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The fireworks show, provided by Rozzi Famous Fireworks.

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The Manor House Banquet & Conference Center did a great job of hosting the festivities.  Anyone planning an event in the northern Cincy area should check it out.

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Thanks to Furniture Fair ( www.furniturefair.net ) for supporting the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and for providing our tickets.

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Wish I could have jumped in on the bidding for the 2012 Superbowl ticket package.  Got a feeling the PACKERS are going to repeat! (provided there’s a 2011 NFL season…).

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Dave

About Dave Pluke

Dave Pluke served as "the man behind the curtain" (Principal and VP of Technology) of a successful Structural Engineering firm for over 2 decades. Overseeing the transition from two, stand-alone 80286 Personal Computers, through Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Design to a fully networked, Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated environment has provided plenty of "life lessons" (sounds better than "battle scars", doesn't it?). This blog's purpose is to share those experiences and apply lessons learned to better assist meeting the challenges of the future.
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