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EPC’s third annual tailgate at MetLife Stadium a big hit

IMG 2889The Eastern Produce Council hosted its third annual Tailgate Event — sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Litehouse Inc. — in the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in East Rutherford, NJ. This year's featured speaker was Vince Papale, Philadelphia Eagles legend and subject of the movie Invincible.

Those arriving early enjoyed a tour of the stadium, which included the press box and museum, the commissioner’s lounge and the field. Following a cocktail hour featuring Idaho potato and Litehouse fare, EPC President Marianne Santo introduced the evening’s sponsors: Stacey Miller, director of marketing for Litehouse Inc., and Seth Pemsler, retail vice president of the Idaho Potato Commission.  Both introduced their staff in attendance, remarked on the importance of the Metro New York marketplace to their businesses, and handed over the night to guest speaker Papale.

Papale shared his unique story with the audience through his humor and enthusiasm.  He is a former professional football player who played three seasons for his beloved, hometown NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was a 30-year-old NFL rookie who never played college ball at his Alma Mater, St. Joseph’s College, which he attended on a full track scholarship. It has been described that Papale’s odds of achieving his wildest lifelong dream of playing for the Eagles was “one in a gazillion!”  He connected his story to the business world, the importance of dreams and teamwork.

Following Papale’s engaging remarks, the sponsors raffled off footballs and a book, signed by Papale, as well as Idaho Potato Trucks and the always popular Spudy Buddies.  Between the unique setting, the food, and Papale’s dynamic presentation, the crowd of loyal EPC members thoroughly enjoyed the night.

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