Check out photos from the 21st Annual Taste of the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium
Former Browns great Josh Cribbs and Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry are known for giving it their all for the orange and brown on the gridiron.
On Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, they got the opportunity to showcase how they give off the field as co-chairs at the 21st annual Taste of the Browns, the team's major annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Cribbs and Landry were joined by fellow co-chair Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit as well as numerous Browns alumni. Every dollar raised throughout the evening equated to four nutritious meals for those in need.
Landry was offered his role in the event in the spring. Without hesitation, he hopped on board.
“It’s important to be a part of something as special as this is,” Landry said. “I heard about this event and what it offers and the reach that it has. I’m happy to contribute and to do my part.”
Over 25 of Northeast Ohio’s finest chefs and restaurants put their talents on display to give those in attendance a quality blend of entertainment, laughs and taste bud satisfaction.
Both a live and silent auction took place featuring packages that ranged from various travel adventures, to further food endeavors from local vendors, to exceptional sports memorabilia and experiences.
Last year’s event raised over $309,000. An event that seems to get bigger and better each year outdid itself yet again, raising more than $325,000 by the end of the night. That money will provide more than 1.3 million meals for people in local counties.
For the man who returned more than his fair share of kickoffs back for touchdowns, Cribbs values his return to the community even more.
“I love the opportunity to give back while having fun with the fans,” Cribbs said. “We love having fun and giving back to an awesome cause with the Cleveland Food Bank and giving back to fight hunger.
Serving as Northeast Ohio’s largest hunger relief organization, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is proud of not only the partnership with the Browns to host the event each year, but also to lead the fight against such a major issue.
“The Browns are an incredible partner not just through this event, but all year long,” said Kristin Warzocha, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “The work that everyone puts into tonight means the world to us.”
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is a community partner of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten initiative, established in June 2014 to help inspire fans to volunteer at least 10 hours each year. In the past five years, nearly 2.5 million volunteer hours have been pledged in Northeast Ohio and local communities through the initiative. Fans are encouraged to sign the First and Ten pledge through www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback and share their unique stories about volunteering with #give10.