The San Francisco 49ers announced their community relations events for the month of November on Thursday. Throughout the month, the 49ers will take part in weekly community events throughout the Bay Area with a focus on the year-long theme of RESPECT for families, schools and the community. The featured event of the month will take place on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at "The Window" at St. Joseph the Worker in San Jose, as 49ers players, coaches, staff, ownership and their families serve a Thanksgiving feast to 150 homeless individuals, families, and foster teens, in addition to participating in an art project and youth activities.
"Giving back to the Bay Area community and being active role models supporting our campaign of RESPECT for families, schools, and the community is extremely important to our organization and our players," said Joanne Pasternack, 49ers Director of Community Relations and the 49ers Foundation. "The events we have scheduled for the month of November revolve around RESPECT for the community and build on the impact we have made throughout the season with various groups. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to show support for those who share their enthusiasm for the team all season."
Other events in the month of November will include:
49ers Alumni and their families will participate in a hands-on community service event at Sacred Heart Community in the "49ers: Giving For Life" event. The event, which will run from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on November 2nd, will make the day brighter for local families. Sacred Heart Community serves 1,500 patrons daily with a wide-range of services including food, clothing, housing assistance, job link, legal assistance, and education.
49ers players and their families, along with volunteers from VISA, will sort Thanksgiving food and load it into vehicles for delivery to needy families to assist the San Francisco Food Bank as they prepare for the holiday rush on November 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Also on November 9th, the 49ers will be bringing the PLAY 60 movement to Roosevelt School in Burlingame, CA, when a 49ers player will visit the elementary school to lead an assembly and physical education class for the students. This event was previously titled Take a Player to School. Time of the event and further details will be announced at a later date.
Finally, on November 9th, in cooperation with the California Lottery, the 49ers will reward a California Distinguished School with a visit from a player who will work with the kids on a project to encourage them to develop their path to success.
Alex Smith, Joe Staley and other 49ers players will host a fundraising event at Morton's The Steakhouse in San Jose on November 15th to support the 49ers Foundation, Make a Wish and the Alex Smith Foundation. The players will act as celebrity servers, and patrons can enjoy four courses of Morton's signature steakhouse cuisine, chilled cocktails and fine wine. Tickets may be purchased via a link at 49ersfoundation.org.
To wrap up the month, individual players will make appearances related to hunger and homelessness through the week of November 29th. Details will be announced at a later date.
Each time the 49ers perform community service work, they educate the community about the franchise's award-winning RESPECT campaign. The RESPECT campaign teaches the necessity of showing respect for schools, families and communities, and the 49ers pride themselves on being prime examples of that with their weekly community service events.