Fine wine, hors d'oeuvres, beer, raffles, exclusive savings and NFL players were all part of a festive evening benefitting Connecticut's youth April 27 at Ann Taylor of New Canaan.

All proceeds from the event benefitted the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter Caring for Kids and The First Tee of Connecticut.

Former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Hanratty, a New Canaan resident, was the guest of honor at the Ann Taylor/NFL Alumni Party. Hanratty is a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy contender at Notre Dame and led the Irish to the National Championship in 1966. He won two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X.

He was joined at the party by many of his fellow NFL Alumni members.

The Ann Taylor/NFL Alumni Party also served as a prelude to the fifth annual NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be played June 20 at the Country Club of Darien. Proceeds from this tournament are distributed to charities benefitting children throughout the region.

The NFL Alumni is a non-profit organization of former professional football players who work voluntarily on behalf of youth and charity.

It was founded in 1967 principally to deal with player welfare issues and was reorganized in 1977 as a charitable and educational organization. Its motto is "Caring for Kids" and its main objective is to raise funds for worthy causes that are youth oriented in nature. The Connecticut Chapter was formed in 2007. Steve Thurlow, a resident of Greenwich who played for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, serves as chapter president.

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