March 13th Named "Marcell Dareus Day" In Georgia

Atlanta-Resident & Star Defensive Tackles Receives State Commendation Honoring His Birthday

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(From left to right: State Representative Erica Thomas, two-time NFL Pro Bowler Marcell Dareus and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal)

ATLANTA, GA. (March 15, 2017) - Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle and Atlanta-resident Marcell Dareus has received a special commendation from the state of Georgia that recognizes his achievements on and off the field while making his birthday this year, March 13, "Marcell Dareus Day" throughout the state.

"I'm so happy and honored to have a day named after me in Georgia, one of my adopted homes that has treated me so well," said Dareus. "The city of Atlanta and the whole state means a lot to me. They've welcomed me with open arms and now with this great honor, I feel like a true native."

The two-time Pro Bowler was presented the honor by State Representative Erica Thomas at the Georgia State Capitol.

"Marcell Dareus is a distinguished gentleman with a kind and unwavering heart for children," says Representative Thomas. We were both in the foster care system and vowed to use our success to help other kids that grew up in similar situations. In the state of Georgia there are over 13,000 kids in foster care."

The full commendation recognizes Dareus for his athletic career, both at the University of Alabama and with the Buffalo Bills, while also highlighting his charitable endeavors, such as his recent humanitarian trip to Haiti and his service in handing out hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to seniors in Birmingham, Alabama.

House Resolution number HR 530 can be read in full online HERE.

Two-Time NFL Pro Bowler Marcell Dareus Of The Buffalo Bills Makes Donation To Hope for Haiti In Effort To Help Charity Continue To Improve Quality Of Life For Haitian Children

BUFFALO (February 15, 2016) - Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has donated $25,000 to highly respected, U.S.-based charity Hope for Haiti (HFH), and will partner with them for a humanitarian trip to Haiti as part of his off-season travels.

Hosted by the charity, the two-time NFL Pro Bowler will travel throughout the country visiting multiple schools and an orphanage. He will also tour a medical primary care facility that is funded and operated by the charity to see his donation at work. Dareus will spend time with over 1,500 local children, and in addition to his monetary donation, will distribute his signature captain hats to kids throughout his visit.

“I’m happy that I’m able to partner with Hope for Haiti, which is giving me the opportunity to meet and understand the people who are benefiting from my support,” Dareus said. “I love giving back, especially to kids in need, but this is extra special because I’ve never been on a trip like this before. The Haitian people have seen hardship after hardship, with the earthquake and then the hurricane. Being able to meet with them and show them that I care about them is really important to me.”

“We are inspired by the generosity of Marcell Dareus and the Dareus Foundation for their investment in the Haitian people,” said Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Hope for Haiti. “Without the support of investors like Marcell, Hope for Haiti’s work would not be possible. We are so grateful, and we look forward to making an immediate and lasting impact together.”

Dareus, whose Haitian-born father lived in the country until early adulthood, passed away when Marcell was nine years old. Partnering with Hope for Haiti will give him the chance to explore his family’s roots, all the while affording him the opportunity to see firsthand where his donation is being put to use.

“My dad grew up in Haiti and I always hoped I would make it there some day,” continued Dareus. “Although my dad died when I was younger, I’m lucky to have other family here in the states that have told me stories since I was a kid about life in Haiti. Being in a position to not only visit, but also make a donation that will really impact Haitian kids and their families is a great feeling. I know it will be an eye-opening trip.”

About Hope for Haiti

Hope for Haiti (HFH) is an innovative and creative international development organization that has been working in Haiti for 28 years. The organization partners with private donors to create community-based sustainable change through a grassroots and strategic holistic approach.  Our vision for the future is one of strategic growth in creating healthy, sustainable communities. At our core, we are working to improve the lives of the Haitian people, particularly children. Hope for Haiti’s holistic approach focuses on five key areas that foster long-term growth and sustainability, including: Education, Healthcare, Water, Infrastructure, and Economy.

Marcell Dareus to Host 2nd Annual Christmas Party at William-Emslie Family YMCA

(Buffalo, NY) - On Friday, December 23rd from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and the William-Emslie Family YMCA will host a Christmas party for children in the community. Christmas with Marcell Dareus provides 150 children and their families with a special holiday celebration.All attendees' ages 12 and under will receive a Christmas gift generously donated from Marcell.

"This is an annual event for me now and I'm happy to be giving back to Buffalo, a community I now consider my second home," said Dareus. "I remember growing up and we went to places like the YMCA to receive a Christmas gift too. I'm grateful for those who looked out for me and my siblings. Now I'm more than happy to make it possible for lots of other less fortunate kids in the city to experience the same joy. I know it makes a difference and brings a brighter Christmas for them too." 

"This event gives us an opportunity to make the holidays memorable for children and families who are underserved in our community," said Danielle Roberts, William-Emslie Family YMCA Executive Director. "We look forward to hosting these families who otherwise would not be able to celebrate the Christmas holiday."

This family-friendly event includes a bounce house, music, holiday crafts, light refreshments and special appearances by members of the Buffalo Bills. The 2nd Annual Christmas Party with Marcell Dareus is made possible by YMCA Buffalo Niagara, along with partners Marcell Dareus and NORSTAR.

The William-Emslie YMCA (585 William Street) is also seeking day-of help for the event, say party organizers. "We appreciate the involvement of so many in our local community, especially our dedicated volunteers. If you would like to sign-up to work the event, please contact our branch at (716) 845-5440," added Roberts.

Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA's focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is reflected in the variety of programs that are offered to all ages and abilities. Collaborations with insurance carriers such as Univera, Independent Health, and BlueCross BlueShield provide the opportunity for those seeking a healthier lifestyle to do so at the YMCA.

A not for profit organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves over 100,000 people annually through seven branches located throughout Western New York, as well as at over 40 community-based program sites. For more information please visit



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