LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Redskins Alumni Association will host the 58th Annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon Presented by GCO Consulting Group at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 12 – 2 p.m.
This event heralds the beginning of the 2019 Redskins season and is the only event where fans and corporate partners have the opportunity to spend time with the entire Washington Redskins organization, including players, coaches, cheerleaders and alumni. Fans can welcome the team back from Training Camp, pay tribute to milestones achieved on and off the field, and raise money to support youth programs across the region.
This year's event will feature Academy Award™ Winning Actor and founder of the just keep livin Foundation Matthew McConaughey as a special guest. McConaughey will take part in a Q&A with event emcee Lindsay Czarniak to share his Redskins fandom and discuss the connection between the Redskins Charitable Foundation and just keep livin.
The Redskins Community Man of the Year Award presented by The Embassy of the State of Qatar honors one player for their involvement in the community. The 2018 award recipient, tight end Vernon Davis, has supported a variety of events and activities through the team, his own foundation and the events of his teammates. Being from the D.C. area, his hometown connection makes his impact even greater.
The Redskins Salute Award presented by Texas Oil Group honors one player or community member for their support of our U.S. military members and their families. This year's award recipient, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, comes from a military family – his father and uncle served in the army, while his two brothers serve in the military. Introducing Allen will be celebrity chef, veteran and military advocate, Chef Andre Rush.
Three Redskins players will also be honored at the event for their efforts on the field with the following 2018 season awards. The Sam Huff Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Trustar Bank, the Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player of the Year Award, and the Mark Moseley Special Teams Player of the Year Award presented by Five Guys.
Returning as the presenting sponsor of the Welcome Home Luncheon for a second consecutive year is GCO Consulting Group. Owned and operated by veterans, the Northern Virginia-based consulting firm supports charitable efforts year-round through partnerships with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Bourbiz and Veterans Success Resource Group.
Multiple Redskins Alumni will be at the event to help present awards including Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Mark Moseley, Brig Owens, and Clinton Portis.
- 11:00 a.m. – Media check in begins
Media work area will in the back of the ballroom in a marked off area
- 11:15 a.m. – General reception featuring silent auction and autograph signing
VIP Reception presented by Elevator Control Service
- 11:30 a.m. – Media availability begins
Select players will be available in a designated area for media availability
All interviews must be coordinated by a member of the Redskins Public Relations department
- 11:50 a.m. – Media availability ends
- 12:15 p.m. – Program begins
- 12:18 p.m. – Redskins Alumni, Players and Coaches Introduced
- 12:28 p.m. – Presentation of Colors and National Anthem
- 12:30 p.m. – Welcome Remarks by Lindsay Czarniak and Committee Chair Shaza Andersen
- 12:35 p.m. – Community Man of the Year Award Presented by the Embassy of the State of Qatar
- 12:50 p.m. – Lunch served
- 1:10 p.m. – Redskins Salute Award Presented by Texas Oil Group
- 1:20 p.m. – Special Teams Player of the Year Award Presented by Five Guys
- 1:25 p.m. – Defensive Player of the Year Award Presented by Trustar Bank
- 1:30 p.m. – Offensive Player of the Year Award
- 1:35 p.m. – Remarks from Scott Davidson of GCO Consulting Group
- 1:45 p.m. – Q&A with Matthew McConaughey and Lindsay Czarniak
- 2:00 p.m. – Program ends; Silent Auction Closes
Fans unable to attend can participate in this year's Silent Auction Presented by Paisano's online prior to the event and place their bids on a number of one-of-a-kind experiences, including the opportunity to attend Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Fla., a rare autographed helmet by multiple Heisman winners, and a replica Captain America shield autographed by Stan Lee. The auction includes more than 100 items, experiences, autographed memorabilia and much more. The silent auction can be found at https://handbid.app.link/WHL19 and will close on Aug. 28 at 2:00 p.m.
The luncheon benefits youth programs of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Redskins Alumni Association. To learn more about the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation please visit redskins.com/community or follow us on Twitter @RedskinsCR and Instagram @redskinsgiveback.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Jessie Johnson of Redskins Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-726-7077 to obtain a credential by Tuesday, Aug. 27.
*Timeline subject to change