Lettermen of the USA

Helping Veterans in Need: One Yard at a Time Gala

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Lettermen of the USA will be hosting the 4th Annual “One Yard at a Time Gala” at The Club on February 3, 2023. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and celebrate with military heroes, former college professional football players and coaches all with the purpose of raising money to help our veterans in need.

The Lettermen of the USA (LotUSA) is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization made up of former college athletes, as well as active and former coaches, who have teamed up to help serve honorably discharged veterans, wounded veterans, and former college players in need with various programs. For more details on the “Programs for Heroes”visit wwww.LotUSA.org

Letterman of the USA Group with footballs
Save the date for Lettermen of the USA’s One Yard at a Time Gala on February 3, 2023.

This year’s Athletic Honoree at the One Yard at a Time Gala will be Ben Tamburello, former Auburn University Football Standout, 1986 Unanimous All-American and SEC Lineman of the Year, voted Team Captain in 1986, played for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles from 1987-1991, and an Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Military Honoree for the 2023 One Yard at a Time Gala is United States Army Retired Major General David P. Burford. Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, United States Special Operations Command. The One Yard at a Time Gala includes a silent and live auction by Jack Granger, of Granger, Thagard and Associates, Inc.

The Gala proceeds allow LotUSA to continue their essential programs:

  • “Autographs for Heroes”
  • “Homes for Heroes”
  • “Interiors for Heroes”
  • “Laptops for Heroes”
  • “Utilities for Heroes”
  • “Wheels for Heroes”
  • “Taking Care of Our Own”

Darryl Fuhrman, a former Alabama football player, is the Founder and President of the Lettermen of the USA. Proving that rival teams and rival fan bases can work together to achieve a common goal is what Lettermen of the USA (LotUSA) is all about. It all began after the 2011 tornado devastated Tuscaloosa.  Fuhrman helped organize a flag football Iron Bowl game between former Alabama and Auburn players that raised $150,000 for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. Fuhrman says “We have taken the many diverse skills of athletes and coaches and built a national platform. No organization is worth its salt that doesn’t help its own.” To learn more about Lettermen of the USA’s One Yard at a Time Gala, click here. †

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