Contact: Sherrie Handrinos

Phone: 734-341-6859



Detroit Lions’ Stephen Tulloch Hosts 2nd Annual NFL Kickoff Event

September 16, 2013; DETROIT, MI: On Friday, October 18, Detroit Lions starting middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch will host the 2nd Annual NFL Kickoff Event at Happy’s Pizza and Pub (7170 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield).  The event will raise funds for The Stephen Tulloch Foundation’s Operation 55 program that he runs throughout the NFL season.  The event will run from 7 pm – 11 pm and feature complimentary food, drink specials, door prizes, a silent auction and live auction.

“My foundation and Operation 55 have grown over the years since I’ve been here in Detroit and helped more people than I ever could’ve imagined, it’s really cool to know that I’ve been put in a situation where I can help others,” said Tulloch. “Throughout the season we try to do as much as possible in the little time that I do have on off days or if we do get an extra day off.   The fans in Detroit really love to support us and are the best fans I’ve ever seen so it’s only right to support them and the community here as much as possible.”

Operation 55 was launched in 2011 when Tulloch signed with the Detroit Lions.  The purpose of the program is to help as many people as possible and give children throughout the Metro Detroit area opportunities to come to Detroit Lions home games to experience a game day with Tulloch!  Stephen has taken over 1000 kids from various organizations throughout Detroit, including The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Big Family and more, to home Detroit Lions games since he became a Detroit Lion.  Tulloch also partnered with the Covenant House of Michigan, providing 55 kids with free dental services, and adopted families in Detroit for the holidays providing them with food, clothing and toys.

Tickets are available online at for $25 and can also be purchased at the door (pending capacity) . Last year, the event raised over $25,000 for Tulloch’s Operation 55 Program, which helps fund Operation 55.

For media inquiries or more information contact Sherrie Handrinos at or 734-341-6859.

About The Stephen Tulloch Foundation

Launched in 2009, The Stephen Tulloch Foundation helps assist underprivileged youth with opportunities to be successful and works to provide them with the same opportunities as other children.  Mr. Tulloch’s goal is to supply youth with the essentials to build self-esteem, establish their goals, and help unlock their potential.

For information on the Stephen Tulloch Foundation visit

About Happy’s Pizza and Pub

The first Happy’s Pizza and Pub location opened in March of 2013 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The store features a full restaurant atmosphere, making it a good place to connect with family and friends while watching the big game. Happy’s Pizza and Pub will have a full bar while still providing customers with the traditional Happy’s Pizza menu.