Morello Hosts Celebrity Classic Pre-Tournament Party for NFL Alumni

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Former Players, Sponsors and Friends Enjoy a Night of Fundraising and Great Food

Former NFL players joined Jimmy Branigan, General Manager of Morello, for a night of fundraising, food and drink to kick-off the Celebrity Classic.

We were thrilled to host NFL Alumni, sponsors and friends for a second consecutive year as a kick-off to the Celebrity Classic.

Morello Bistro on Greenwich Avenue hosted a pre-tournament party to launch the NFL Alumni CT Chapter Celebrity Classic for the second year in a row. Jimmy Branigan, General Manager of Morello, was on hand at the event to welcome NFL Alumni players, sponsors, family and friends.

The evening began with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Sadie Seelert, a 12-year-old Broadway actress and student at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, followed by player introductions. Chapter President Steve Thurlow spoke about the NFL’s mission of "Caring For Kids,” advanced through hundreds of fundraising, community service and social events each year. Tiffany & Co. bracelets and Super Bowl Raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the chapter’s efforts. Morello specialty appetizers and cocktails were enjoyed by all.

“We thank Morello for hosting the NFL Alumni CT Chapter once again,” said Kelly McCoy, Senior VP of Marketing for the NFL Alumni Association. “Our guests enjoyed the delicious food, drinks and stunning features of the restaurant.”

“We were thrilled to host NFL Alumni, sponsors and friends for a second consecutive year as a kick-off to the Celebrity Classic,” said Jimmy Branigan, General Manager of Morello. “The NFL Alumni Association does a terrific job of supporting youth charities and we were honored to contribute to that mission.”

Proceeds from the highly successful event will be distributed to various charities in Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City, including The First Tee of CT, The Umbrella Club, ITP Foundation, YMCA of Darien-Norwalk, Opus for Person to Person, Tokeneke Parent Teacher Organization, Circle of Care, The Better Chance Program and Future Five.

Morello Italian Bistro is located in an historical landmark building designed by Rafael Guastavino Jr., at 253 Greenwich Avenue, in the heart of Greenwich, CT. Featuring stunning tiled arches and vaulted ceilings with dramatic skylights, Morello is the perfect setting for intimate dinners, private parties and corporate events. Nationally-renowned Executive Chef Kevin Garcia offers guests a menu of exceptional rustic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Seasonal cocktails and an extensive wine list are created by wine and beverage connoisseur Olivier Flosse, Wine Director for MARC US. Morello is open seven days a week, serving lunch, brunch and dinner. Reservations are accepted and can be made by calling (203) 661-3443. For additional information, please visit

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