Benefit Sports Dinner with NY Giants for Richard Fritzky

Fairleigh Dickinson University and Members of the NY Giants Super Bowl Teams Sponsor Benefit Dinner, Autograph Session, and Sports Auction for Richard Fritzky


Teaneck, NJ (October 6, 2008) — Members of New York Giants Super Bowl teams will participate in a Sports Dinner that includes an autograph session, photo opportunities, and both a silent and live auction. Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Giants are sponsoring this exciting event to benefit Richard Fritzky. It will take place at FDU’s Rothman Center in Hackensack, NJ, on Monday, November 10, 2008, from 6-9 p.m.

Current and past NY Giants Brandon Jacobs, Chase Blackburn, OJ Anderson, Billy Ard, Steven Baker, Brad Benson, Harry Carson, Keith Hamilton, Lee Rouson, Odessa Turner, Perry Williams, Zeke Mowatt, Curtis McGriff, Roman Oben, and George Martin have pledged to attend and lend their support.

Items to be auctioned include much NY Giants memorabilia — an autographed Eli Manning jersey, items signed by Michael Strahan and helmets signed by select members of each NY Giants Super Bowl team. There also will be non-sports items for auction.

Richard Fritzky, father of 12 children, 20+ year president of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, editor of Meadowlands USA and adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson for 30 years, contracted a rare form of meningitis in October of 2005.  Months of coma, strokes, amputations, 22 operations and kidney failure never shook his family’s resolve.  Rich was hospitalized 441 days and lost both feet, both legs, and all but the stump of one-half of one finger.  Rich miraculously survived and is at home teaching an online course for FDU and still serving as editor of Meadowlands USA.  He continues to have many health challenges including renal failure, but his courage and spirit are a remarkable testimony to the human will to survive.

Fairleigh Dickinson University organized a benefit soft ball game in 2006 between the 1986 and 1991 Super Bowl Champion Giants and The King and His Court. The event raised more than $15,000 for the “Friends of Rich Fritzky” trust fund.

Tickets to the November 10 dinner, which includes the autograph session, photo opportunity and auctions, are $60 per person and a table of ten may be purchased for $500. Checks should be made payable to “Friends of Rich Fritzky” and mailed to Denise Wisniewski, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road, H-DH1-02, Teaneck, NJ 07666, by November 3.

For additional information call 201-692-6514 or visit the Fritzky family website: www.fritzky.com

For Immediate Release