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A gem of a fundraiser

Aaron Jones’ A&A Gala raises money for military families

By Daniel Kramer
Managing Editor
– Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones and his twin brother Alvin raised approximately $140,000 at the second annual A&A All The Way Foundation Gala held at the Automobile Gallery and Event Center on Nov. 18.

About 200 guests attended the charity event, which featured a silent auction as well as appearances by the Jones brothers and the Colleys, a military family from Texas.

On the field, Green Bay Packer running back Aaron Jones is a rare athlete.

He is one of only three players in NFL history to post 4,000-plus rushing yards and 40-plus rushing touchdowns with an average of 5-plus yards per carry in their first five seasons, joining running backs Jim Brown and Jim Taylor.

Alvin and Aaron Jones with Aaron’s son Aaron Jr. at the A&A Gala held at the Automobile Gallery and Event Center on Nov. 18. Daniel Kramer photo

Off the field, Jones was nominated last year for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his charity work.

His twin brother, Alvin, currently plays linebacker for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

As children of two U.S. Army sergeants, the Jones brothers joined their parents during volunteer opportunities in soup kitchens serving Thanksgiving Day meals and participated in community service throughout high school.

In 2020, they started the A&A All The Way Foundation to support children and families.

At the gala, they surprised Lt. Col. Marcela Colley and her two daughters with the gift of a promise of a memorial diamond in honor of husband and father Maj. Alan Colley, who died by suicide in 2017, after 20 years of service.

The memorial diamond, which will be created out of a piece of Alan Colley’s uniform, gives the family a way to remember him and carry him with them wherever they go.

“A&A All The Way has done so much for our family and they keep doing more,” Colley said. I am truly honored and left speechless.”

The Jones brothers unexpectedly lost their father, Alvin Jones, Sr. last year.

Aaron is currently working on making his own memorial diamond out of his father’s ashes.

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