Former Gator to Host Fundraiser

Former University of Florida guard Dan Cross will host the Athlete Connections Sports Ball and Jazz Extravaganza Fundraiser this Saturday at the Commerce National Bank and Trust in Winter Park, Fla.

Athlete Connections is a not-for-profit organization founded by Cross four years ago to aid student-athletes with their transition from the athletic world to the professional world.

Silent and live auctions, dinner, an open bar and dancing will be featured during the evening, along with performances by Florida-based Evolushon Band and contemporary jazz performer Aaron Bing. The event is set from 6-11 p.m.

Among the athletes set to appear are former Florida quarterback Shane Matthews, former Florida forward Andrew Declercq, former Denver Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins and Central Florida athletic director Keith Tribble.

Individual ticket prices start at $75, and sponsor tables are available for purchase.

Contact Athlete Connections at 407-671-7003 or 407-949-8960, or e-mail at, or purchase tickets online at

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