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National Football League Most Valuable Player Matt Ryan will headline the 68th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children's Charities Dinner on Thursday, April 20 at the Joseph Floreano Riverside Convention Center.

Ryan will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award, and will be joined at the head table by Greece native and Buffalo Sabres veteran Brian Gionta, as well as other local award winners (see list below).

A nine-year starter for the Atlanta Falcons, Ryan is coming off a season in which he posted career bests in accuracy (69.9 completion percentage), passing yards (4,944), touchdowns (38) and quarterback rating (117.1). He also threw a career-low seven interceptions, while leading the Falcons to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Ryan was born in Exton, Pa., and played collegiately at Boston College. After guiding the Golden Eagles to three consecutive bowl victories, he was selected third overall in the 2008 NFL draft.

"We are thrilled to have the NFL MVP as our keynote speaker," said Press-Radio Club President Keith Ryan. "Matt continues our club's rich tradition of bringing the top names in sports to Rochester as we honor the people who make our community so special."

Gionta will receive the prestigious Maj. Donald Holleder Award in recognition of his distinguished 14-year National Hockey League career.

Tickets for the dinner are $135, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,250. A limited number of private "Meet and Greet Matt" packages are available for $750. The package includes two dinner tickets, two 8x10 professional photographs with the headliner and a football autographed by Ryan. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are being offered at $250 per person. This includes an opportunity to meet the headliner and receive a dinner ticket and a photograph signed by Ryan.

To reserve tickets or packages, call 585-340-1460. Credit cards or money orders are accepted as payment. Seating is limited.

Since the Press-Radio Club's inception in 1949, it has donated more than a million dollars to Rochester charities.

The award winners:
Matt Ryan - Coca Cola Sports Personality of the Year
Brian Gionta - Major. Donald Holleder Award presented by Coca-Cola
Tony Wells - Charlie Wagner Award
Victoria Bothner - Coach of the Year
Ernie Clement - D&C Digital Amateur Athlete
Meghan Musnicki - D&C Digital Professional Athlete
Laurie Dipasquale - Eddie Meath Award
Ray Martino - Eddie Meath Award
Dominic Bozzelli - Elliot Cushing Award presented by Monroe County Sports Commission
Catherine Frangenberg - ESL Volunteer Award
Bob Gosney - Gary Smith/George Beahon Sports Media Excellence Award
Karen Schuster - Jean Giambrone Award
Lindsey Thayer - Jerry Flynn College Female Award
Dan Andrews - Rich Funke Jr. College Male Award
Mike Skivington (posthumously) - Christine Wagner Welch Award
Al Vyverberg - Morrie Silver Award presented by the Rochester Red Wings
Samantha (Sammy) Watson - High School Female Athlete
Zach Estabrooks - High School Male Athlete
Caitlin McKinnon, Carmen Quatro, Dan Bronson - Hometown Heroes
Nico (Nicholas) Santiago - Honorary Chair

The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola Refreshments; D&C Digital; ESL Federal Credit Union; the Rochester Red Wings; and Monroe County Sports Commission.

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