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      Pierre Garcon Honored with 2021 Palm Beach County Football

      Legends Award Presented by David A. Burke Foundation

         Former NFL wide receiver Pierre Garcon was awarded   Football Legends Award this year. We admire his dedication   loss to New Orleans February 2010. In 2011, he had his best
      this year’s Palm Beach County Football Legends Award   on and off the field and all his accomplishments playing   season with the Colts, starting in all 16 games of the season
      presented by the David A. Burke Foundation on Friday,   with three NFL teams,” said Boca Raton   and recording 70 receptions, 947 receiving yards and six
      December 17th, at the Palm Beach County Convention   Bowl executive director Doug Mosley. Pierre Garcon   touchdowns. Garcon then spent five seasons playing for the
      Center. Garcon was recognized at the Annual RoofClaim.  grew up in Greenacres, Florida, where he fell in love with   Washington Football Team.
      com Boca Raton Bowl luncheon filled with leaders from the   football, a passion that propelled him to play pro football      In 2013, his 184 targets ranked No. 1 among NFL wide
      state and county government, school board, business, sports,   for the Indianapolis Colts, Washington and San Francisco   receivers. He was then voted 80th best overall player in the
      tourism, and community, as well as the bowl’s match-up   49ers. He attended Norwich University in Vermont, where   league by his peers in the NFL Network Top 100 Players of
      Western Kentucky and Appalachian State teams.     he played as a wide receiver, ending with 44 receptions   2014. Garcon then spent two seasons with the San Francisco
         The Palm Beach County Football Legends Award is   for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns in just ten games as a   49ers. During his entire NFL career, he accumulated 38
      an annual highlight of Boca Raton Bowl   freshman.                                     touchdowns, 628 receptions and 7,854 total yards.
      week. Its purpose is to honor those in Palm Beach County      Garcon then transferred to Mount Union College in      “It really doesn’t get much better than when you get to
      who have made notable achievements and contributions to   the Ohio Athletic Conference, where he averaged over 60   meet great players, who turn out to be even better people.
      the sport of football. Previous honorees include Howard   receptions, 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns a year in his   What an honor it was for our foundation to present The
      Schnellenberger (2014), Reidel Anthony (2015), John   career as a Purple Raider. Leading his team to two consecutive   Palm Beach County legends award to Pierre and his family,”
      Carney (2016), Steve Walsh (2017), Brad Banks (2018),   NCAA Division III Football Championships, he was named   said Ryan Burke, executive director of The David A. Burke
      and Santonio Holmes (2019).                       to the Ohio Athletic Conference first-team and was recipient   Foundation and associate vice president of RBC Wealth
         “We are proud to recognize Palm Beach County native   of the Ed Sherman Award that is given to OAC’S most   Management.
      Pierre Garcon with the Boca Raton Bowl   outstanding receiver in his junior and senior years.     Garcon has made an even bigger impact off the field
                                                           After his senior year, Garcon was drafted by the   with the work he has done in Haiti, his family’s homeland.
                                                        Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft   When the impoverished nation was devastated with natural
                                                        with the 205th overall pick. By 2009, he proved to be a   disasters. Garcon traveled to Haiti to bring supplies and
                                     Highlights of      deep threat in Peyton Manning’s offense. Garcon caught a   started the foundation Helping Hands to bring education,
                                    Pierre Garcon’s     touchdown pass from Manning in the Colts’ Super Bowl   health and community programs to the country.
                                                        Annual “Women Changing the Game”

                                                        Event Highlights Female Empowerment

                                                        as Lead-In to Boca Raton Bowl

                                                           The annual Boca Raton Bowl           The panel included:
                                                        “Women Changing the Game”, presented by FPL and    Ana Hernandez-Ochoa – Chief Operations Officer, Capital
                                                        Northwestern Mutual: The Striano Financial Group, drew   One Orange Bowl;
                                                        influential business and community leaders this week   Kristen Shaver – Director of Events, ESPN Events;
                                                        at Sklar Furnishings. The night of food, fun and female   Brooke McKernan – Financial Advisor, Northwestern
                                                        empowerment headlined a panel of accomplished women   Mutual;
                                                        who are leading the way in their respective industries. The   Grace Kurian – Senior Director in Information Technology,
                                                        annual event reinforced the message that women are a   FPL;
                                                        force to be reckoned with and are making strides not only   Verdenia Baker – Palm Beach County Administrator.
                                                        in sports, but in all other industries as well.       Guests enjoyed light bites and delicious drinks from
                                                           Radio and television sportscaster Keli Ferguson of ESPN   bowl sponsors Deep Eddy Vodka, Chido, and One Hope
                                                        106.3 and WPTV NewsChannel 5 served as emcee, while   Wine. Guests took home complimentary gift bags filled with
                                                        panelists shared their stories, including all their business and   goodies from Bloomingdale’s, OTG 247, Sklar Furnishings,
                                                        personal challenges and triumphs. They also shared their   One Hope Wine, Accessories For You and Notepad Lady.
                                                        current job responsibilities, sacrifices they had to make to      The “Women Changing the Game” event was one of
                                                        get to where they are now, and what it is like to be a top   several lead-in events to the 2021 Boca
                                                        female executive in traditionally male-dominated industries.  Raton Bowl.

                                                        Keli Ferguson, Brooke McKernan, Verdenia Baker, Kristen   Dawn Zook, Ann Rutherford, Sue Diener, Alana St. John,
                                                        Shaver, Ana Hernandez-Ochoa, Grace Kurian          Lindy Harvey

                                                        Theresa Agricola, Ingrid Fulmer, Bonnie Kaye, Linda Paton,   Mary Sol Gonzalez, Pam Weinroth, Sophia Eccleston,
                                                        Lindy Harvey                                       Jennifer Thomason
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