Sign n Dine with Dwight Stephenson
  
 
DolFans met at Abacoa's Jumby Bay Island Grill Thursday December 11, 2008, to support The John Yancy Memorial Scholarships. Dwight Stephenson was available for autographs and photographs, courtesy of Alberto Ramirez. The 1998 Hall of Fame, Class of 1998, All- pro and All-AFC player signed helmets, footballs, banners, anything a Dolfan brought in. Fans were able to share a little "one on one" conversation with Dwight. He shared life experiences, his trials after his career changing injury and his decision to abandon the NFL to start a new career in construction, here in South Florida. Dolfan, Brian Klaiber, was so impressed by Dwight's personable, down to earth demeanor he suggests; "If you ever have an opportunity to meet him, do it!" If you ask a Dolfan about Dwight Stephenson, they will tell you he had incredible talent. It is unheard of being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame after just 8 years! Fans believe Stephenson to be the best "Center" ever!

Fans arrived early and left late, feasting on the fabulous Jumby Bay cuisine. The excitement continued right up until the announcement of raffle and silent auction winners; items included: autographed Hall of Fame mini helmets, footballs and banners. Bonanza Sports and Collectibles of Jupiter donated many of the items. There was something for the ladies too. Gardens Cosmetic Center of Palm Beach Gardens donated a series of Laser Hair removal treatments, as well as items from Arbonne and Mary Kay.

Radio stations, ESPN and WJTW, donated advance advertisement and the Miami Dolphins, LTD donated a John Beck autographed ball.

Dwight was seen this season: during Miami Dolphins' games, promoting "Tobacco Free Florida", which meshes, quite impressively, with Memorial Scholarships' theme of raising funds and awareness for The John Yancy Memorial Scholarships, using John's last words, "don't smoke or EVER do drugs for me." John's scholarships benefit Jupiter Community High School students, both past and present, with the Continuing Education Grant and the Senior Award, respectively. The next event for John's scholarship is the second Yancy Memorial Scholarship Festival of Plays in the Jupiter High School Auditorium, Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 1 PM. This event encourages Jupiter High Drama students to write, direct, produce and perform a "one act play" using John's last words. The Jupiter High School Drama department selects 6 plays to be performed at the festival. Memorial Scholarships gives $75 to the 6 selected writers for production. A select panel of judges determines the top three winners, awarding cash prizes of $250, $175 and $125 to the writers.

For more information on the John Yancy Memorial Scholarships or in Memorial Scholarships, Inc., check us out on the web at www.johnyancyscholarship.org.


(L to R) Fred, Amie, Suzanne, and Rehea Sardinha present Dwight Stephenson (HOF98) with a Football sign by the MSI board of Directors.


(L to R) Dwight Stephenson with Sarah Nance, Alberto Ramirez.


( L to R) Dwight Stephenson (HOF98)






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