DFRC honors participants of the 59th Annual Blue-Gold All-Star Foortball Game to be played Saturday evening.

The yearly DFRC awards banquet was held Friday evening, to honor all graduating buddies, ambassadors, band members, cheerleaders and players participating in the 59th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. Awards were presented to select participants and all graduating buddies were recognized with a gift. The 2014 graduating buddies are Todd Evans, Jessika Kulley, Austen Saylor, Terrence Walker, Ashley Webb, Brandon Williams and Jacob Zonick. This year’s All-Star buddies are Matthew Lavelle (Blue) and Andrew Grunow (Gold).

The Hand-in-Hand Award was created in 2004 to honor the 30th anniversary of the Hand-in-Hand Program. The award was given to the participant(s) who best exemplifies an outstanding relationship with their buddy during the DFRC Blue-Gold program. This year’s recipients are football players Brandon Goodge and Jeffrey Taschner from The Tatnall School (Blue) and Courtney Hibbard from Middletown High School (Gold).  The Bob Carpenter, Jr. Memorial Award is presented to the ambassador who demonstrates outstanding leadership abilities in furthering the mission of DFRC and for dedication to the Hand-in-Hand Program. This year’s Blue recipient is Sarah Dombroski from Saint Mark’s High School and the Gold recipient is Mariah DelPercio from Middletown High School.  

The Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association (DIFCA) honored Conor Furey from Archmere Academy (Blue) and Deon Wright from Dover High School (Gold) with the Jim Williams Memorial Award for contributing the most to squad spirit and morale during the training period, as voted by teammates and coaches.

The Outstanding Blue-Gold Cheerleaders Award was presented to Georgie Casalvera from William Penn High School (Blue) and Amber Branin from Middletown High School (Gold) for showing exceptional commitment to the cheerleading squad and selfless dedication to the Hand-in-Hand Program. 

The Jeff and Denny Schwartz Band Award for outstanding band member was presented to Jake Ryland from Caravel Academy for demonstrating incredible spirit and dedication to the Hand-in-Hand Program. The award was renamed to honor the memory of longtime DFRC volunteer and Band Coordinator, Jeff Schwartz, who passed away in December of 2013. His wife, Denny, continues to volunteer with the DFRC Blue-Gold Marching Band.

Today’s contest will feature each of these participants, as well as approximately 200 others who have participated in this year’s DFRC Blue-Gold Program. Proceeds from the game benefit programs for people who are intellectually challenged through grants provided by DFRC.   Game-time is 7 pm at Delaware Stadium in Newark.