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31 May 2017


Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and COO Brian Ford Among Buccaneers to Have Their Heads Colored Orange or Shaved by Pediatric Cancer Patients; Five-Year Total Surpasses $185,000
Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the fight against childhood cancer through the Cut for a Cure to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. More than 40 Buccaneers players and staff members had their heads and facial hair shaved or colored orange - the official color of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation – by pediatric cancer patients and survivors to raise money and awareness to help eliminate childhood cancer. Participants included Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Will Gholston, and Joe Hawley. This was the fifth consecutive year that the Buccaneers have participated in the program.
Entering today, Buccaneers players and staff had raised nearly $40,000 towards this year’s campaign – including the notable efforts of Deno Anagnost, the Buccaneers Director of Sales and a cancer survivor who had his head shaved and personally raised more than $20,000 this year, alone. His extraordinary efforts were complemented by Buccaneers Producer Kirsten Phillips, who challenged the players to raise the team’s fundraising goal to $75,000. Inspired by the fight against pediatric cancer, Phillips committed to have her full head of hair cut if that goal was reached.
“The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation means so much to the Buccaneers organization,” said McCoy. “When our Head Coach Dirk Koetter came in, if you walk around the building, every sign you see says ‘COMPETE’ – and that’s not just for us on the field, but the employees of the Buccaneers organization, too.”
Through on-the-spot donations from Chris Conte, Lavonte David, Evans, Gholston, McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Donovan Smith and Winston, the players reached the new fundraising goal and Phillips followed through on her pledge.
Since 2013, the team has now raised more than $185,000 through the Cut for a Cure.
“Today is a day that the staff and players look forward to every year,” said Ford. “The opportunity to not only raise much-needed funds, but put a smile on the face of children and their families is just a small gesture and our way of supporting each family with all the hard work of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.”
The 2017 Cut for a Cure kicked off earlier this year as individuals, groups and organizations throughout Tampa Bay began making charitable donations and having their heads and facial hair shaved to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. Only approximately four percent of government cancer funding is allocated to pediatric cancer research, and 43 children per day will be diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Funds raised from the Cut for a Cure provide medical research, programming and pediatric care for children and their families fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
“The Buccaneers are a staple in the Tampa Bay community and that support resonates across the community,” said National Pediatric Cancer Foundation CEO David Frazer. “The players and the staff that get behind this cause are generating hundreds of thousands of dollars. This year alone, the number is $75,000. If you do the numbers, that’s four kids on trial. You can correlate the efforts of just today and that can change the lives of four children – that’s significant.”
Below is a list of Buccaneers players and staff who had their heads or facial hair colored orange or shaved, and/or made a donation in Wednesday’s Cut for a Cure. To make a donation, and for more information, visit  
(head shaving participants noted by an asterisk*)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo
Tight end Cameron Brate*
Linebacker Richie Brown*
Tight end Alan Cross*
Linebacker Lavonte David
Wide receiver Mike Evans
Defensive end Will Gholston*
Quarterback Ryan Griffin
Center Joe Hawley*
Running back Quayvon Hicks
Tight end O.J. Howard*
Linebacker Cameron Lynch
Offensive lineman Ali Marpet
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald
Offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile*
Running back Blake Sims
Running back Charles Sims
Tackle Donovan Smith
Wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck*
Tackle Leonard Wester
Quarterback Jameis Winston
Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford*
General Counsel David Cohen*
Chief Ticketing Officer Ben Milsom
Vice President of Human Resources Kristin Hamwey
Director of Sales Deno Anagnost*
Director of Group Sales Amy Taylor
Director of Digital and Content Strategy Kevin Corbett
Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy Carey Cox
Director, Partnership Activation and Marketing Marc Budine
Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer Eileen Crawford
Senior Manager of GMR Operations Nellie Fidura
Senior Manager of Ticket Operations Amy Weber
Communications Manager Allen Barrett
Community Relations Manager Steve Fidura*
Guest & Member Relations Manager Mark Johnson
Suite Sales Manager Bobby Carney
Corporate Partnership Marketing Manager Michael Lietz*
Corporate Partnership Marketing Manager Carly Glennon
Group Sales Manager Terry Roy
Communications Coordinator Chris King
Marketing & Creative Services Coordinator Harrison Kirschbaum*
Purchasing Coordinator Taylor Horton
Affinity Outreach Manager Anna Karefa-Johnson
Producer Kirsten Phillips*
Graphic Designer Dave Heringer
Marketing Communications Coordinator Carmen Vitali
Community Relations Coordinator Heather Evans
Youth Outreach Coordinator Kaitlin Howell
Member Relations Associate Kaitlyn Huntzinger
Account Executive Austin Dinnes
Account Executive Kris Dolen
Community Relations Intern Tara Parker

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