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Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of the Patrick Mannelly Award

Bernie’s Book Bank is the beneficiary and charity partner for the Patrick Mannelly Award, celebrating the best college longsnappers in the country. Both the Patrick Mannelly Award for collegiate longsnappers and Bernie’s Book Bank values excellence, integrity, effectiveness, teamwork and balance.

The goal is for the National College Football Awards Association, who recognizes 25 awards on an annual basis to recognize the Patrick Mannelly Award, which will allow for national recognition for Bernie’s Book Bank and benefit so many children.

Tickets are available! Please join founders Patrick Mannelly, Kevin Gold & Chris Rubio in celebrating the best longsnappers in college football at the 4th Annual Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner presented by Zebra Technologies. Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and a lively discussion with ESPN Chicago’s David Kaplan featuring current Chicago Bears’ longsnapper Patrick Scales, retired Chicago Bear and member of the 1985 Super Bowl Championship team Jay Hilgenberg, and Emmy and Peabody award-winning sports journalist & current member of Chicago Red Stars ownership, Sarah Spain. We hope you will join us in person on Saturday, December 10 at Bernie’s Book Bank.

If you cannot make the event and still want to see it and contribute, it will be streamed on youtube and facebook and will be available for replay. 

The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award shines a bright light on this unnoticed but essential position in football and provides rare recognition for the impactful role they play in today’s game.

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of this prestigious award. Our mission to source, process and distribute quality children’s books to increase book ownership among under-served children, with excellence and integrity, makes Bernie’s Book Bank the perfect teammate for the Long Snapper.

The inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner was December 14, 2019 at Bernie’s Book Bank. The 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony was streamed live on January 9, 2021 from Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL. Missed it? Watch on YouTube The third annual Patrick Mannelly Award Ceremony was December 11, 2021 at Bernie’s Book Bank and on live-stream. Watch a recording of the ceremony on YouTube.

Save the date! The fourth annual Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony will be Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff.


Cal Adomitis, Pittsburgh

Finalists: Damon Johnson, USC & Alex Ward, UCF


Thomas Fletcher, Alabama

Finalists: Damon Johnson, USC & Ryan Langan, Georgia Southern


John Shannon, Notre Dame

Finalists: Liam McCullough, Ohio State & Steven Wirtel, Iowa State


2022 DATES

 Watchlist: August 1st

Semi-Finalists: November 14th

Finalists: TBD

Award Ceremony: Saturday, December 10th

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Highlighting 65 high school athletes who exhibit the unsung hero values of a Long Snapper.

In conjunction with the Patrick Mannelly Award and in honor of the number Mannelly wore as a member of the Chicago Bears, the 65 Honor Roll recognizes exemplary high school athletes across Chicagoland. The 65 Honor Roll recognizes athletes who consistently exemplify the following values: Excellence, Integrity, Effectiveness, Teamwork, and Balance.

2021 #65 Honor Roll:
Griffin Baker, Crystal Lake South High School
Joey Fortner, Marist High School
Luke Granzow, Hobart High School
Jason Hicks, Stevenson High School
Walker Himebauch, Palmer Ridge High School
Kate Kaptrosky, Lake Forest High School
Carson Kuligowski, St. Charles North High School
TJ McMillen, St. Francis High School
William Meyer, Lake Forest High School
Ella Mickey, Lake Forest High School
Ryan Porebski, William Howard Taft High School
Konnor Thompkins, King College Prep High School
Tommy VanSickle, Antioch High School
Owen Walter, Prospect High School

2019 #65 Honor Roll:
Charlie Aberle, Lake Forest High School
Gustavo Azevedo, Waubonsie Valley High School
Anthony Calderon, Kennedy High School
Chris Clarke, Lyons Township High School
Reilly Corken, Batavia High School
Reggie Davis, King High School
Thomas Dvorak, Fenwick High School
Matt Fell, St. Charles North High School
Will Halkyard, Glenbard West High School
Christopher Kelly, Loyola Academy High School
Myron Lewis, St. Laurence High School
AJ Markett, Marist High School
Robert Meyer-Shaffer, Antioch Community High School
Peter Skoronski, Maine South High School

Looking for more ways to engage with our mission? Learn about additional fundraising events at Bernie’s Book Bank.