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The Gregg Williams Foundation is pleased to announce a comprehensive three-day series of activities in his hometown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri aimed at generating donations for the continued support and funding to local school programs as well as providing improvements in the Excelsior Springs community. This year's event will begin on Wednesday, July 7th and will conclude on Friday, July 9th.

This year's events will be highlighted by the presence of the New Orleans Saints' Lombardi Trophy, which the team won on February 7, 2010 with their thrilling 31-17 victory over the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts. The trophy will be available for photo opportunities at all of the foundation's events held in 2010.

The foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in December 2004, is named for Gregg Williams, a 1976 Excelsior Springs High School graduate who was a record-breaking Tiger athlete in basketball, baseball, and football, was a former ESSD coach and teacher, a 2006 Excelsior Springs Hall of Fame inductee, and is presently Defensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl XLIV World Champion New Orleans Saints.

On Wednesday (July 7th), the Excelsior Springs Tigers Hall of Fame Induction will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a dinner and the induction ceremony commencing at 7:00 p.m. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held at the Excelsior Springs High School, which is located at 612 Lynn Road, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The phone number for the school is (816) 630-9284.

The foundation will continue its activities on Thursday (July 8th) at 4:30 p.m. when a reception for golfers who will be participating in the 2010 Gregg Williams Tiger Classic. The reception will be held at the Elms Resort and Spa, which is located at 401 Regent Street in Excelsior Springs. Tickets for the reception are required and may be purchased by contacting the Gregg Williams Foundation at (816) 260-0637. An auction will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the Elms Resort and Spa.

On Friday, June 9th, the first flight of golfers in the Gregg Williams Tiger Classic is scheduled to hit the links beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course, which is located at 1201 East Golf Hill Drive in Excelsior Springs. The afternoon flight of golfers will begin play at 1:30 p.m. This year 84 four-person teams will compete for top honors in the golf tournament, and while the field is currently full, the Gregg Williams Foundation is currently accepting names for the waiting list. Those wishing to be added to the waiting list are encouraged to visit: greggwilliamsfoundation.org.

Following the golf outing on Friday, a reception will take place, highlighted by a full-fledged auction of unique items and experiences that have been donated to the foundation by the foundation's generous businesses and individual sponsors.

ABOUT THE GREGG WILLIAMS FOUNDATION

The Gregg Williams Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in December 2004 to provide support and funding to local school programs, to support programs for kids in the Excelsior Springs, MO area and provide funding to improve the Excelsior Springs community. The foundation is named for Gregg Williams, a 1976 Excelsior Springs High School graduate who was a record-breaking Tiger athlete in basketball, baseball, and football, was a former ESSD coach and teacher, a 2006 Excelsior Springs Hall of Fame inductee, and is presently Defensive Coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.

The primary source of income for the Foundation is derived from various fund-raising activities that include a local golf tournament (Gregg Williams Tiger Classic), VIP Reception, various auctions of donated items, raffles, cash donations and key sponsorship of the Excelsior Springs High School annual Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony.

In 2005, the Gregg Williams Foundation, Inc. raised money for the following:

Exercise and weight room equipment for the local high school - $15,000

New fitness center, including a new floor - $24,400

Local charities & school programs - $5,400

In 2006, the following donations were made in the community:

New scoreboards for baseball and softball fields - $37,000

New equipment & uniforms for football teams - $9,000

Local charities – $4,000

Excelsior Springs SAFE Program – $2,000

Excelsior Springs Rockin'Tiger Club (latchkey program) - $3,900

Excelsior Springs Middle School – heart monitor watches - $2,700

Excelsior Springs Academic/Athletic Programs - $3,685

Excelsior Springs Robotics Team - $4,000

In 2007, the following donations were made in the community:

4-sided Scoreboard - $19,985

Excelsior Springs Band - $2,350

Excelsior Springs Cheerleaders - $1,330

Excelsior Springs Football - $10,200

Excelsior Springs Volleyball - $8,320

Excelsior Springs Wrestling - $3,925

Scholarship (Bonnie Casto) - $10,000

Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club - $1,000

Excelsior Springs After-Prom Sponsorship - $1,000

Excelsior Springs Museum - $500

In 2008, the following donations were made in the community:

Gregg Williams Scholarship program - $10,000

Excelsior Springs Theatre Department - $10,000

Excelsior Springs Band - $2,922

Excelsior Springs Basketball - $2,597

Career Center Business Class - $7,021

Excelsior Springs Robotics Team - $6,400

Excelsior Springs SAFE Program - $2,500

Excelsior Springs Lewis Elementary - $1,398

Elms Resort & Hotel events sponsorship - $1,000

YMCA Challenger Program - $5,142

Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club - $1,500

Kiwanis Club of Excelsior Springs - $2,500

Excelsior Springs After Prom - $1,000

Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives - $500

Saturday Night Lights T-shirt sponsor - $1,408

Excelsior Springs Education Foundation (KC Art Partners Program - $3,000

Agency for the Performing Arts - $1,000

Excelsior Springs DECA Sponsor - $100

Hole Workers:

Tigerettes - $910

Cheerleaders - $790

Track - $828

Volleyball - $610

Color Guard - $378

Theatre Department - $460

In 2009, the following donations were made in the community:

Gregg Williams Scholarship program - $10,000

ESHS Business School - $7,022

ES Weight Room - $6,400

ES Robotic Team - $6,418

ES Volleyball - $3,634

I-ROK Foundation - $2,925

Quarterback Club - $2,500

ES Lewis Elementary School - $4,761

Kiwanis Club - $2,500

ES Cheerleaders - $3,700

ES Football - $4,550

After Prom - $1,500

ES Basketball - $1,303

ES Link Crew - $1,000

ES Band - $772

YMCA Challenger Program - $659

ES Tigerettes - $656

ES Color Guard - $580

ES Track - $564

Excelsior Springs Museum - $500

Little Tigers Basketball - $500

ES Girls Soccer - $452

Tiger Club Reading Program - $300

Board of Directors:

Gregg Williams - Founder

Tray Harkins – President

Jeff Woods – Vice President

Kelly Harkins – Treasurer

Jack Talley – Active Board Member

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