As Americans learn how to count with Roman numerals and watch the big Super Bowl XLV game to be played in Dallas between the Aaron Rodgerses and the Ben Roethlisbergers, there are dozens and dozens of high end parties on tap for Super Bowl week with charities as beneficiaries. Here at NPQ, we're still waiting for our tickets to sports super-agent Lee Steinberg’s party, which he calls a "three ring circus."
The public service part of his event includes honoring his friend Gabrielle Giffords, arranging for pro football celebrities to talk to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by live video hook-up, donating to the North Dallas Food Bank, raising money to buy water purifying machines for Haiti, and celebrating the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (which is inducting Steinberg this year because of his humanitarian efforts).
Helping Steinberg will be guests Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV’s "Jersey Shore," former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, actor Adam Sandler, and possibly former President George W. Bush. Tickets for the estimated 2,500 attendees will reportedly run $3,500 a pop, though lower for friends-of-Steinberg.
The largest of the parties, the XLV Party thrown for 8,000 people a night for two nights, is sponsored by Johnny Walker, Belvedere Vodka, Patron Tequila and others. The party will be hosted by Playboy Playmate Teri Rose, and will benefit Dallas Children's Charities among others. Other charities benefiting from Super Bowl parties include The PoweR Coalition, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and the Horatio Alger Association, just to name a few.
Taking the liberty of speaking for Bruce, we're waiting for our press credentials to parties hosted by Ke$ha (yes, that's how she spells her name), Snoop Dogg, Usher, Prince, the Village People, Chad Ochocinco, Michael Vick, and Pamela Anderson to see which charities they choose to support with their party proceeds.—Rick Cohen