Erin Henderson is an emerging contributor on the Vikings defense, as his ascension from an undrafted free agent to a starting linebacker continues this season. Henderson’s contributions to the Vikings on the field are matched by his passion for helping others off the field, too.
Henderson launched his foundation – “Foundation 50″ – earlier this year with the goal of spreading awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD) and raising funds to support research programs and ultimately find a cure. Foundation 50′s signature event this year will occur on Halloween, and you have an opportunity to participate.
This Halloween Henderson is offering Twin Citians a tasteful alternative to vampires and goblins with his “Out for Blood” fundraising event. The “Out for Blood” event will not only serve as the foundation’s signature fundraising event, but also educate attendees on how they can play a role in helping those who suffer from SCD through donating blood.
“Sickle cell disease affects millions of people around the world and has been prevalent in the African American community,” Henderson said. “I’m incredibly fortunate that football has given me a platform to build awareness for this disease and hope others in the Twin Cities will join me and my teammates on Halloween to help raise money to help fight for Sickle Cell Disease.”
The “Out for Blood” event, slated for 6-9 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at Sopranos Italian Kitchen in St. Louis Park, will feature great food from Sopranos’ executive chef, wine pairings from the restaurant’s extensive wine list and other local wineries, and unique interaction with Vikings players and coaches. The evening will also include a short program and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Henderson’s Foundation 50.
Tickets for the event begin at $100 for an individual, with sponsorship packages including event tickets, autographed merchandise, recognition in the program and other benefits beginning at $1,200.
More On Foundation 50
Henderson’s Foundation 50 works to build awareness and find a cure for SCD through innovative programming, with a special emphasis on children and families affected by the disease. Support for Henderson’s efforts has been provided through partnerships with the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital, Memorial Blood Centers, the Viking’s Children’s Fund, Sickle Cell Disease Advocates of Minnesota and Farmer Hat Productions.
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