RG3 to visit Waco for fundraiser

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:01 am

Robert Griffin III, quarterback for the Washington Redskins and Baylor University alumnus, will return to Waco in May for a fund-raising event.

The fundraiser will benefit Friends for Life, a nonprofit group that aims to enrich the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities through guardianship, independent living programs, adult day care and other services.

Casey Moore, director of development for Friends for Life, said Griffin was involved in the adult day care program as a volunteer while he was a Baylor student.

“He spent a lot of time back there, helping them with crafts and playing bingo, but he was really big on doing the domino tournaments with them,” Moore said.

Moore said Friends for Life has wanted to do a fundraiser with Griffin since the spring of 2012, and had it planned for March of 2013 until he injured his knee last January in a game against the Seattle Seahawks.

This year, everything is on track for the May 9 event, she said.

The fundraiser will take place at the Ferrell Center and consist of a speech by Griffin and a Q&A moderated by Baylor President Ken Starr. General admission is $15 until April, when the price jumps to $20.

Donors can sponsor the event for $1,000 to $15,000, which gets them dinner and a table on the floor of the Ferrell Center at the event.

The sponsors at the $2,500 level and above will have a chance to get “up close and personal” with Griffin at a VIP event at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame before the program at the Ferrell Center.

Friends for Life hopes to raise about $250,000 through the event and draw at least 5,000 people.

The organization wants to use the money to expand its adult day care facility, which is at capacity and has a waiting list.

Moore said Friends for Life possibly could purchase another facility or add to the existing one.

“We’re at the very max (number of people) we can have,” Moore said. “It’s a limited resource in the area.”

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