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TCHS grad helps benefit, donates signed memorabilia

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TELL CITY – A benefit for Perry Central student Tyler Cundiff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Indiana Realty and Auction Co. will feature many items, including Indianapolis football, hat and mini helmet memorabilia complete with signatures of some popular team members.

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Brian Nugent, a 1998 graduate of Tell City High School, along with former classmate Stephen Parker, were able to secure the items for the auction. Nugent has lived in Avon for the past 8 years and works with the police department there. During his time with the department, he said he has had the opportunity to meet with players of the Indianapolis Colts a few times, including former head coach Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning and many other players on the team over the past years.
“During my time here in Avon, I shared contact information with the head of security of the team and I have become friends with a guy whose father is the head trainer for the Colts,” Nugent said. “I contacted my friend’s father and explained to him there was an upcoming auction in Tell City. Without any hesitation, he told me to come to the training facility ASAP. I drove to Dicks Sporting Goods and spent $60 on the ball, helmet and hat and dropped them off Tuesday morning. Within three days they were autographed and back in my hands.”
Nugent said he came upon the information for Cundiff’s auction through Parker, who he said has been involved in various fundraisers for children with cancer in Perry County.
Players who added their signatures to the football are Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri, Jeff Saturday, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, Ryan Diem, Donald Brown, Kavell Conner, Anthony Castonzo, Antonio Johnson, Ryan Mahaffey, Jamaal Anderson, Seth Olsen, Tyler Brayton, Brody Eldridge and Reggie Wayne.
Signatures on the hat and mini helmet are Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri, Jeff Saturday, Joseph Addai, Gary Brackett, Anthony Castonzo, Kavell Conner, Brody Eldridge and Seth Olsen.
Cundiff was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently in a hospital in Indianapolis. Proceeds from the auction will go to helping his family care for him.