Palmer and pals shoot for charity

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

Jesse Palmer is back home to score a touchdown for charity.

The New York Giants backup quarterback is in town with some of his closest NFL friends for a reception tonight at 8 p.m. at the Capital City Music Hall in the Byward Market and his annual charity golf tournament tomorrow.

Palmer, a 27-year-old Ottawa native who is a five-year NFL veteran, will be the host for the Jesse Palmer Invitational, held in memory of Howard Campbell.

Organizers expect more than 360 participants in the fourth annual Invitational, which will be played at the Canadian Golf and County Club as well as Glen-Mar and Greensmere.

The proceeds will go to the Ottawa Junior Riders and the 65 Roses Sports Foundation, which raises money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

"We're really excited with the participation we have this year," said tournament organizer Grant Yusak.

Participants include three of Palmer's teammates with the Giants -- centre Shawn O'Hara, kicker Jay Feeley and wide receiver Amani Toomer -- along with other NFLers such as Carolina Panthers linebacker Brandon Short, Cleveland Browns linebacker Braylen Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhari Jones and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

Renegades players Pat Woodcock and Mike Sutherland will also be on hand.

Tickets for tonight's event cost $25 each by calling 523-9009 or they can be purchased at the door for $35. All money raised will go to charity.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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