Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner lands NFL quarterback

March 19, 2018

PictureA star from this year’s Super Bowl is coming to Winnipeg.

No, it’s not MVP Nick Foles–but another quarterback who stole the show off the field in a viral commercial featuring the New York Giants’ re-enactment of Dirty Dancing.

Eli Manning is this year’s keynote speaker at the 46th annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner, taking place June 18, 2018 at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

How does the Rady JCC’s fundraising dinner attract such big names to our modest prairie city?

“When you have a net worth of 100 mil, why do you need to come to Winnipeg?” Chairperson Blair Worb asked the Winnipeg Sun. “They are in huge demand, especially the ones that are still playing actively in their careers.

“So we have to prey, P-R-E-Y, on them to come for charity.”

The Rady JCC appeals to the charitable side of the potential speaker, relying on their reputation as an organization that helps children, families, individuals with special needs and seniors, impacting thousands of lives in the community.

“Eli Manning is an elite NFL quarterback with a ton of pedigree, one who always comes through in the clutch,” said dinner chair Blair Worb. “We’ve been fortunate to have a number of elite NFL quarterbacks speak at our dinner in the past, and Eli is no different.

“He is also very philanthropic — which resonates with the mission of this dinner — to support those in our community who need it most.”


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Eli joins a storied history of Sports Dinner keynotes including his brother, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Teemu Selanne and Magic Johnson.

New in 2018 is the name change to the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner—in recognition of the man who chaired the dinner for more than 40 years. Ken Kronson passed away in 2017 and is sorely missed.

The Sports Dinner is a great way to treat clients and business associates to a gala dinner and once-in-a-lifetime interactions with sports celebrities. There’s also a VIP experience, including photos with Eli.

Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities can be viewed here

This year’s honourees are title sponsors from RBC Dominion Securities, Ryan Downey, Brendan Rogers and Paul Winestock. The trio has been integral to the success of the dinner for a decade.

Funds raised from the dinner have been making Winnipeg a better place for 45 years.  Through the Rady JCC’s community service programs, help is provided to financially disadvantaged children and families, those with special needs are fully able to participate in camps and specialized programs and much more.

Individual tickets and corporate sponsorships are available at radyjcc.com  or by calling 204-477-7513