Gridiron Heroes hosts red carpet fundraiser

Published: January 15, 2009  |  Source:

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The Schertz-based charity Gridiron Heroes is hosting a star-studded fundraiser featuring the screening of two episodes of the NBC drama ‘Friday Night Lights.’

The fundraiser, including a red carpet event and an after-party, is set for 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at Santikos Palladium IMAX theater, 17703 I-10 West. Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased at or

The event will benefit Gridiron Heroes, a nonprofit organization founded by Eddie Canales after his son Chris suffered a spinal cord injury in 2001 while playing in a high school football game. The organization helps young athletes affected by spinal cord injuries.

Peter Berg, executive producer of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a drama about high school football in a small Texas town and director of the 2004 movie that preceded it, has been longtime supporters of Gridiron Heroes.

He and actor Kyle Chandler, who plays Coach Eric Taylor in the show, are scheduled to attend the screening.

Various faiths come together to remember his dream
An interfaith service celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is set for 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, at Central Christian Church, 720 N. Main Ave.

The MLK Interfaith Service will bring together people of different faiths and places of worship in San Antonio.

The guest speaker for the event will be Daryl Harris, Bexar County assistant district attorney.

Funds collected during the service will benefit the MLK Commission’s scholarship program.

For more information on the interfaith service or other 2009 local MLK events, visit or call (210) 207-2098.

Salute to Education scholarship deadline nears
Local senior high school students have a few more weeks to apply for a Salute to Education scholarship.

Applications are available online at and must be turned in by midnight, Feb. 3. This year, more than $200,000 will be awarded to Bexar County students.

The Salute to Education scholarship, sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the San Antonio Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers, is open to high school students who live or attend school in Bexar County. Scholarships are awarded based on students’ character, academic achievement, career goals, financial need and service to their school and community.

For more information, call (210) 225-4837.

— Compiled by Melissa Rentería