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Players and coaches to meet for charity

Now before you start going crazy, the lockout isn't over. Not even close.

But on Sunday, several Cowboys' players and coaches along with some team officials will gather for the seventh annual Taste of the NFL: The ultimate Cowboys tailgate party. It will take place at the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan Resort from 6:30 p.m.-to-9:30 p.m.

The labor strife probhits NFL teams from talking to their players. However, the event is sanctioned by the NFL and the league is allowing players and coaches to interact with each other because this is an annual charity function.

The hosts are current Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and former Cowboys running back Preston Pearson.

The event is to benefit the North Texas Food Bank which provides needy children with meals. For the last seven years, more than three million meals have been distributed to needy children in North Texas as a result of the tailgate party. The North Texas Food Bank and Cowboys officials hope to raise enough money to provide half a million meals.

Chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus along with 20 Dallas area restaurants will provide guests with food and drink.

The party is open to the general public (must be at least 21 to get in) and you can purchase a ticket in advance at www.ntfb.org or at the door.

So for one night at least, the players and coaches can eat, drink and have some fun while the labor situation goes on.