LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va., Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Washington Football Team announced that today, for the first time ever, its annual Welcome Home Luncheon will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 9, at 11:45 a.m. ET. The 59th annual event heralds the beginning of the 2020 season and offers a unique opportunity for fans and corporate partners to come together and pay tribute to the milestones achieved on and off the field.
This year will mark the first time in franchise history that fans will be in attendance for the special event. The entire Washington Football Team fan base will get to experience a unique program – all while raising money for the Washington Charitable Foundation, which is providing critical support to the COVID-19 relief efforts and social justice initiatives across the DMV region. The 2020 season player awards winners will be honored, and the work of the charity arm of the franchise will be highlighted. Julie Donaldson, Senior Vice President of Media and Content for the franchise, and Santana Moss, the team’s pregame analyst, who was named the Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player of the Year at the 2010 Welcome Home Luncheon, will host the event, which will feature a question-and-answer session and speeches from special guests, including Washington Football Alum and Super Bowl XVII champion with the team, Doc Walker, and Prince George’s County native, Kevin Durant.
Santana Moss said, "The season doesn’t really feel like it’s begun until we hold the Welcome Home Luncheon. I’ve made a lot of unforgettable memories at this event. While I wish the Washington Football Team family could come together in person, I am thrilled that we’re able to invite our entire fan base virtually and can’t wait to co-host with Julie."
The Washington Football Community Man of the Year Award honors one player for their involvement in the community. The 2019 award recipient, Long Snapper Nick Sundberg, along with his wife Flor and the charitable foundation, created a program called "Loads of Love," which installed washers and dryers in schools and non-profits, decreasing the barrier to having clean clothes and improving the lives of over 12,000 youth and their families in our community.
The Washington Football Salute Award honors one player or community member for their support of our U.S. military members and their families. The 2019 award recipient, Ryan Kerrigan, has demonstrated a commitment and gratitude to our country’s military since the beginning of his tenure in Washington, including countless visits to Joint Base Andrews to visit with military members.
Three Washington players will also be honored at the event for their efforts on the field with the following 2019 season awards. The Sam Huff Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Mark Moseley Special Teams Player of the Year Award.
Fans can participate in this year’s Silent Auction online prior to the event and place their bids. The auction includes experiences, autographed memorabilia and much more. The silent auction can be found at https://handbid.app.link/WHL2020 and will close on September 9 at 1:00 p.m.ET.
Fans can learn more about the event and be directed to the registration page by visiting: https://www.washingtonfootball.com/welcomehomeluncheon, or register directly at: https://www.welcomehomeluncheon.com/home. In addition to the team’s website, fans can follow @WashingtonNFL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates.
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