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Browns, Steelers to roast Greg Pruitt for charitable cause

UPublish story by Kristen Ashby

MEDINA, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2013) – Past and present Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers players will join forces to benefit the Medina County Community Fund while sharing humorous stories, comedic insults and heartwarming tributes about former Browns player Greg Pruitt.

Attendees of the second annual “An Evening with the Browns and Steelers” fundraising event will visit and dine with the players while watching them and former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano roast Pruitt on Friday, Nov. 22, at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina, Ohio.

Former Browns players Jim Brown, Mike Pruitt, Hanford Dixon, Cleo Miller, and John Thierry and former Steelers Randy Grossman, Marv Kellum, and Robin Cole are some of the NFL stars who will be part of the lively evening and outlandish storytelling. The event will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Bill Wills of WTAM 1100’s “Wills & Snyder in the Morning” will be the emcee.

General admission tickets for the dinner and roasting are $125. Early entry field passes can be purchased for an additional $75 and include drinks, appetizers, and an opportunity to collect autographs during a personal meet-and-greet with the players.

“Browns vs. Steelers is the oldest rivalry in the AFC. We are trying to create a competition among the fans. Which fan base buys more tickets and pledges more to the fund? It’s about bragging rights, but more importantly, it’s about a friendly competition that helps Medina County residents,” said Tim Hagerty, executive director of the Medina County Community Fund.

All proceeds will benefit the Medina County Community Fund, a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation that distributes grants to a wide range of nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life of Medina County residents. The fund has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to date.

For more details or to register for the event, visit

About the Medina County Community Fund

The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to more than $600,000 and awarded more than $400,000 in grants. For more information or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 58 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $160 million with a growing family of more than 430 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $108 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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