Buffalo Bills fans have been donating en masse to the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, after the Bills secured a playoff berth in part due to a Dalton-led Cincinnati Bengals comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, more than 11,000 donors have contributed more than $255,792 to the foundation. Click here to make a donation.
The effort was chronicled on the CBS Evening News, with anchor Jeff Glor, a Town of Tonawanda native, interviewing the Daltons:
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 3, 2018
Here is a little more about the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation:
Who it helps
Children and families in need in the Cincinnati area, with a special focus on seriously ill and special-needs children. It strives to provide daily support and resources, as well as offering life-changing experiences.
Examples of the foundation in action
- Hosting an annual Date Night, where parents of seriously ill and special-needs children are treated to an all-expenses-paid dinner date, while their children are entertained by the Daltons and a childcare organization with a night of activities and entertainment, including music, face painting, gaming and a sundae bar.
- Hubs at hospitals in the Cincinnati area and Dalton's native Texas, that provide patients and families access to entertainment and educational tools -- including iPads, theater systems and gaming consoles -- to use during hospital stays.
- Providing medical equipment to families in financial need through the Pass It On Fund.
- The annual King for a Day event, which provides an all-expenses-paid day at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati, for seriously ill and special-needs children and their families.
- As part of the Holiday Hearts program, Andy and Jordan Dalton pass out gifts to children at Cincinnati-area hospitals in December.
Outside of individual donations and sponsorships, the foundation has also raised money through featured events:
- Night in the Jungle, a family friendly experience on the field of Paul Brown Stadium that raised $30,000 in October. The evening included a tailgate-themed dinner, silent auction, autograph signing -- and Dalton threw passes to kids in attendance.
- Celebrity Waiter Night, with Bengals players carrying trays and serving guests at the Hilton Cincinnati.