DERRICK JOHNSON AND CHIEFS TEAMMATES SERVE DINNER TO RAISE OVER $90,000 FOR CHARITY
Friday, June 13, 2014
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Lenexa, KS – The Kansas City Chiefs were at Grand Street Café in Lenexa in force Monday night. But they weren’t dining. The boys were raising money for Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation at his Second Annual Celebrity Waiter Night presented by Glazer’s of Kansas.
The Chiefs traded their numbers for aprons and dawned silver nametags to help serve 170 guests a three-course meal. The wait staff included (left front): Tamba Hali, Husain Abdullah, Joe Mays, Derrick Johnson, Dustin Colquitt, Jamaal Charles, (left back) Otis Hudson, Dee Ford, Dontari Poe, Ryan Succop, Eric Fisher, Frank Zombo, Alex Smith, Mitch Holthus (MC), Jeff Allen, Anthony Sherman and James-Michael Johnson.
It was a lively evening emceed by Voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, and featured auctioneeress Yve Rojas in a live and silent auction. Through their semi-good waiting skills, and delicious food and drink, the Kansas City Chiefs raised over $90,000 to benefit Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation.
“I’m not surprised,” said Johnson. “This is what we’re about. Every time there’s a chance to give back, we jump on it. I support my teammates and they support me.”
The money raised at Monday’s event will be used to support Johnson’s charitable programming. In August, Defend the Dream Foundation will host its first Gearing Up! program to get 250 low income students the backpacks, clothes and school supplies they need to start the school year right.
“Education is important,” Johnson said. “Giving kids the opportunity to better their lives is important. That’s what we’re trying to do here.”
To learn more about Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation or donate to the cause, visit www.DerrickJohnson56.org .
About Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation
Derrick Johnson founded the Defend the Dream Foundation in 2013 to provide low income and inner-city young people with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. Visit http://derrickjohnson56.org for more information.
About Glazer’s of Kansas
Glazer’s, one of the country’s largest privately held companies, currently operates in 15 states and the Caribbean and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt beverage products. The company has operations in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. The third-generation family business was founded in Dallas in 1933. For more information, please visit our website at www.glazers.com.
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