-The 2012 Colorado Football Preview Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 2 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Alongside CU head coach Jon Embree, former CU great Jeremy Bloom will serve as featured speaker.
The program is set to begin at noon on February 2, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and doors opening for registration at 11 a.m. The cost of the event is $50 per person for season ticket holders or Buff Club members, $75 per person for the general public, or $500 for a reserved table of 10. For $750 corporate tables are available that include a table sign, preferred seating, program recognition, and an optional VIP guest. Corporate tables with coaches are limited and based on a first-come, first-serve basis so register today.
The registration deadline is January 25. To register, call 303-492-5497 or visit www.CUBuffs.com/events
Donors who give $5,000 or more at the event will receive a black CU football helmet. In addition, anyone in attendance that fills out a pledge card (regardless if they donate) will be entered in a drawing to get to travel with the team to any Pac-12 away game in 2012.
At the luncheon, Embree will preview the 2012 season and discuss the members of the newest recruiting class. Bloom also will be speaking at the event and anyone who donates $150 or more gets to have their picture taken with and autographed by Bloom.
Bloom, a native of Loveland, Colo., who prepped at Loveland High School, played wide receiver and returned kicks for CU during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In just two seasons as a Buff, Bloom had five career plays of 75 yards or longer (two receptions, two punt returns, one kickoff return), tied with Byron White for the second most in school history, and just one behind the leader (Ben Kelly with six). In his first collegiate touch Bloom returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown against Colorado State in 2002, and later that season caught a 94-yard touchdown against Kansas State (the longest pass play in school history) for his first career reception.
A former member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, Bloom's career at CU was cut short because the NCAA did not allow him to accept endorsement money to fund his ski training. The 2004-05 World Cup Moguls champion, he participated twice in the Winter Olympics, finishing ninth in the event at the 2002 games at Salt Lake City and sixth in the 2006 games at Turin, Italy. Bloom then returned to football playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2006, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.
In 2008 Bloom established Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that works to grant the wish of senior citizens who have always wanted to do or experience something but have not yet been able to. In addition to his foundation, Bloom was named to Forbes "30 Under 30" list for the technology sector because of his work with Integrate, a multi-channel advertising marketplace that applies new technology to streamline the media buying and selling process.