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April 21, 2013

Ware, Hatcher host their teammates at Ultimate Tailgate Party, raising money for the North Texas Food Bank

When La’Roi Glover left the Cowboys, he gave DeMarcus Ware a parting gift. For the past nine years, Ware has been the host of the team’s annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.

He recruited teammate Jason Hatcher to join him last year.

“This means a lot,” Hatcher said. “I’ve heard about this event in the eight years since I’ve been in the league. It’s one of those things I can relate to. I was one of those kids who would leave school in the summer and say, ‘Man, I can’t get two meals.’ That’s why I’m here today. I’ll put any time and effort I got into a situation like this I can relate to.”

The Cowboys have provided more than 4 million meals and raised more than $1 million for the North Texas Food Bank since they began the event. Last year’s event brought in $200,000, which was the goal for Sunday night.

During the event, the tragedies of last week in Boston and West were mentioned.

“All the tragedies and everything that’s been going on, you sort of sit back and you think about what’s going on in the world,” Ware said. “Then, some of the other [every day] tragedies that are going on like childhood hunger. …Every dollar that we earn here is three meals. I wish I could go to the store and spend a dollar to get three meals. Something like that is really good.”

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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