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Players back team's charitable cause

While players and owners remain at odds during the NFL lockout (although there are recent signs of optimism), there have been several examples in recent months of those on both sides of the negotiating table coming together for non-business purposes.

In Dallas, for example, owner Jerry Jones received permission to attend quarterback Tony Romo's wedding. Closer to home, safety Patrick Chung joined Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a charity event.

Tomorrow, Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace and kicker Stephen Gostkowski join the mix.

Brace and Gostkowski are scheduled to appear with Patriots Charitable Foundation president Josh Kraft and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett at the team's annual Community MVPs banquet, to be held at Gillette Stadium.

Because this is an annual event as part of the team's charitable foundation, players are allowed to participate.

Owner Robert Kraft annually calls this one of his favorite charity events, as the team honors 16 winners, headlined by the Community MVP earning a grand prize of $25,000. In addition, there will be five winners of $10,000 each and 10 winners of $2,500 each. The money is awarded to the non-profit organization for which each honoree volunteers.