Skip To Content
Back to News List

ESL Corporate Sponsorship Supports Children's Charities

Doing Good for Children

It was a night for honoring professional, amateur, and student athletes and for recognizing those who serve the youth in our community. ESL Federal Credit Union was once again a major sponsor of the 66th Annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Dinner, held on May 4, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

This year’s event featured Las Vegas native and two-time pro bowler DeMarco Murray, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray, 27, received the Coca Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award. Prior to the dinner and his speech, Murray posed for photos with guests at a special VIP reception.

DeMarco Murray listens to a question
read by sports columnist Scott Pitoniak

Murray, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, was traded to Philadelphia in March. Murray began the 2014 season with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games with Dallas, setting a franchise record, and led the Cowboys to the second round of the NFL playoffs last year. Murray finished the 2014 season with two other franchise records including 1,845 rushing yards, surpassing the previous franchise record set by Emmitt Smith, and 16 touchdowns in the season.

Before being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray played college football at the University of Oklahoma where he holds school records for touchdowns scored (65), all-purpose yards (6,718), receiving yards for a running back (1,571), and kickoff return average (27.6).

The annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Dinner was created in 1949 as a fundraiser for local children’s charities. Since that time, more than $2 million has been raised.

ESL has played a major role in this event for the past 13 years. In addition to being one of the seven presenting sponsors, ESL was also privileged to present the ESL Volunteer of the Year Award, which is given annually to an individual or a couple for exemplary volunteerism through a single act, or a number of acts, that have made our community a better place in which to live.

This year ESL honored Ron Kampff for his work with Webster’s Challenger Baseball, a program he created 25 years ago. Currently, the program has 81 children or adults who are disabled or mobility-impaired. With Kampff’s leadership, more than $85,000 has been raised for Miracle Field of Greater Rochester – a flat rubberized field so people in wheelchairs or walkers can navigate without challenges of obstacles on a traditional grass or turf field.