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Friday, April 27, 2012
Party patrol: NFL draft night is low-key

By Zach McCann

Deon Grant
Deon Grant held a party Thursday to raise money for "Beyond the Boroughs."
NEW YORK -- With the NFL draft occupying Radio City Music Hall, there were a few parties around town celebrating the big night.

Our report:

“Beyond the Boroughs” NFL Draft Fundraiser

Why that title: The draft party was put on by Deon Grant of the New York Giants in an effort to raise money for “Beyond the Boroughs,” an organization that provides college scholarships to financially challenged high school students.

Where: At a sleek, wide-open multipurpose room at the Dream Hotel in downtown Manhattan. There were tables, couches, a dance floor and high-definition projector screens showing the draft.

Performers: There was a DJ playing your standard club jams, and they’d lower the music whenever a draft pick was being announced. It was a pretty cool way to take in the draft.

Celebrities we saw: There were NFL players all over the room, including Ray Rice and Takeo Spikes.

Food and drink: An army of servers walked around with hors d’oeuvres, and the drinks were free. No complaints.

Swag: There was nothing for free, but many guests were active at the silent auction table, bidding on items that which from an Eli Manning jersey to a poster signed by the cast of "Glee."

Scouting report: If you didn’t feel like the draft spectacle at Radio City Music Hall, this was a cool, laid-back way to take in the NFL draft.

NFL Elite NFL Draft Party at Bowlmor Lanes

Why that title: The party, hosted by the New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle and ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Robert Flores, served as a welcome to incoming rookies.

Where: Bowlmor Lanes, a massive bowling alley in Times Square. It was a unique spot for an NFL draft party with several VIP areas and plenty of bowling lanes.

Performers: Nobody. The bowling was the entertainment.

Celebrities we saw: We didn’t see any besides Rolle and Flores.

Food and drink: Like anywhere, there were drinks available at the bar. There wasn’t any food, unless you bought food from the bowling alley restaurant.

Swag: Nothing, ‘cept bowling.

Scouting report: This one could’ve been so much more, but there weren’t enough people and there wasn’t much to it besides bowling.