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S.U. Champs return to skaneateles for FootBall

FootBall will again be staged at the Skaneateles Country Club; Honorees are S.U. greats Floyd Little and Roland Williams.

Former Syracuse University football's number 44, Floyd Little, and Super Bowl Champ, Roland Williams, are the perfect first round picks for M&T Bank's Heart of a Champion ... Then and Now. This fifth annual FootBall will be from 7 to 11 p.m. June 8 at the Skaneateles Country Club. The public is invited to attend. The evening's dinner and dancing is $125 per person. All proceeds will support the William's Youth Lifeline Foundation.

What is the FootBall?

Cheerleading is a physical expression of team spirit. Syracuse University Alumna and former cheerleader Lauren Russo Duby, took her love of all things Syracuse football and rolled it into this Ball. The FootBall rose five years ago, a gala event to celebrate the sport and its players on and off the field, while raising real dollars for worthy causes. The Syracuse Children's Hospital was the recipient two years in a row, but the benefactors often change by design. As Lauren said, needs change in the community.

Flashback: S.U. sophomore Lauren Russo meets incoming freshman quarterback Don McPherson. Their relationship becomes very close, yet always platonic. So much so that young ladies were constantly calling her to get to Don. She didn't mind as they forged a friendship that still exists.

Lauren who went into business and opened the first of two retail florist and gift boutiques on the SU Hill, spun this creative energy into event planning, eventually opening the Event Studio in the Bentley Settle Building in Armory Square. As her brochure says, she went into the business of designing wonderful events and celebrations.

After college when McPherson and Lauren's professional paths crossed, he commissioned her to work as an event planner for a fund-raiser he was supporting for Jenna's Law and the Jenna Foundation for non-violence.

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