Tonight’s Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night NFL prime time game will determine whether our hometown football team will continue to go undefeated. It’s an exciting time for our team and I feel an even more personal connection to them because of the long-term partnership we have had with the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and their awesome long-running Football 101 program.
Football 101 is a fun and interactive “debrief” for women on the ins and outs of the sport that raises money for the various important causes of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. This year’s event took place on October 21st with 450 women making it the biggest “Girls’ Night Out of the Year!” Female Bengals fans received swag bags, bid on auction items, tried some of the city’s top signature cocktails and fare, learned first-hand from Bengals’ coaches on topics like passing, field goal kicking, game strategy, and even practiced drills
Pure Romance is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this event. Each year we set up a booth and invite a handful of Pure Romance employees to join us through a special in-office raffle. With more than 150 employees, it’s a fun and fair way to reward them. In the case of Football 101, we kept some Blow Pops up at our front reception and for any of the female staff that bought one with a surprise red sticker on the bottom were eligible to win a spot to attend the event. Meanwhile, two men who played won $100 gift certificates.
The girls who won absolutely loved it! Many had never been to Football 101 before, or even touched or thrown a football in their lives. At Pure Romance, we love any opportunity to give back and the events we choose to participate prove that giving back can be not only rewarding, buy very fun.
Each year during the event a cancer survivor is honored at Football 101 with the “Pink Football Award” presented by TriHealth, the MLCF and the Cincinnati Bengals. This year, the 11th annual award was bestowed upon Debra Nickell, recognizing her strength, courage and perseverance in battling this devastating disease. In 2014, my daughter’s friend Jill was also recognized for her resilience and strength after her breast cancer diagnosis. Needless to say, almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form in our lives at one time or another.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Marvin Lewis continue to show through this event, and others such as the Cincinnati Scurry, the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic, and much of the charity work they do throughout the city that they are committed to giving back to our community. We look forward to cheering on our talented and caring team tonight to becoming 8-0!