Proof Positivity: What do NFL’s Larry Izzo and Ron Burton have in common?

NFL special teams captain Larry Izzo has just received the Ron Burton community service award for 2008. Patriots Chairman and CEO presented Izzo with the award. He has held three karaoke events, called “Larryoke”, to raise money for military charities such as Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, Home for Our Troops, the Fallen Patriot Fund, Fisher House Boston, Operation Ensuring Christmas and the Pat Tillman Foundation. His three Larryoke events, featuring Larry and his teammates belting out karaoke tunes, have raised a total of $600,000. During the 2005 off season, Izzo traveled to the Middle East for a week to officially open the Pat Tillman USO Center, located at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He also visited Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan and Iraq, meeting thousands of soldiers during “The USO and NFL Salute the Troops Tour”. Izzo has also done volunteer work with Cause, a non-profit organization that benefits military personnel while they recover in military hospitals, and he has visited injured military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.” In 2007 he served food in a kids cafe and served and prepare meals for the Boston homeless. Larry Izzo states, ” It’s truly an honor to receive this award and to be associated with Ron Burton. The work that I do in the community pales in comparison to what he was able to do in his lifetime. But it’s an honor. I thank the organization for giving me this award and I thank my teammates for supporting the work that we do with the military. It’s about the troops. Any time we’ve had the Larryoke event, it’s been about the troops and supporting them and their families because they’re the ones that need it the most. I’m just happy to be in a position where I can put an event together that brings attention to the sacrifices they’re making and raise a little money while having a little fun.”

Here is a little video treat to get a good giggle from this is Larryoke. It is hilarious. If you’re going to make yourself look silly may as well do it for charity. What a great idea for fundraising.

I couldn’t resist I had to place the video it was so funny. Anyhow, I commend Larry Izzo. I love when celebrities use their status for something good. I think it makes them more human and if they aren’t used to what it’s like to be in certain situations it’s a little bit of a reality check.

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