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Bills and M&T Bank kickoff "Touchdown for Teachers"

Orchard Park, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank announced the third annual "Touchdown for Teachers" program where teachers are honored for their outstanding service to their schools and communities.

During the December 4, 2011 Buffalo Bills home game vs. the Tennessee Titans five (5) selected finalists will receive:           

  • Two (2) tickets to the Bills home game on December 4
  • Pre-game access to watch warm-ups
  • In-game recognition on the video board
  • An official Buffalo Bills game ball

The "Touchdown for Teachers" grand prize winner will be announced at the December 4, 2011 game and will receive an in-class visit from a Buffalo Bills player and a $1,000 grant to the winning teacher's school.

Honorees are chosen based on their amount of involvement in the school or community, degree of positive impact on the school or community and their demonstrated commitment to education.  Honorees must be nominated and the application forms are due no later than Monday, November 14, 2011.  All honorees will be notified no later than Friday, November 18, 2011.

"The past two years, the Touchdown for Teachers program has produced hundreds of applications and we have received positive feedback about recognizing the outstanding individuals in our region who educate our children," said Bruce Popko, Bills senior vice president of business development. "The* Bills and M&T Bank are proud to partner on *Touchdown for Teachers and we look forward to the 2011 campaign."

"So many teachers in our community work hard and give that extra effort to help their students," said David Rutecki, M&T Bank administrative vice president for government banking. "The Touchdown for Teachers contest allows M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills to partner with students, parents, and school leaders to recognize those outstanding teachers for their dedication."

All nomination forms and applications may be mailed to the Buffalo Bills at One Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127 or faxed to 716.312.8603. For more information and to submit an application, please visit the "Fans" section or visit

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