DERRICK JOHNSON & CHIEFS TEAMMATES TAKE ON TABLE SERVING TO RAISE $140,000 FOR CHARITY AT ANNUAL CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Lenexa, KS – Eleven year Chiefs veteran Derrick Johnson and 16 of his teammates spent Monday evening raising money for a cause at Grand Street Café. The men were celebrity servers at Johnson’s Third Annual Celebrity Waiter Night presented by Glazers of Kansas.
Per his personal request, Jeff Allen, Jason Avant, Tyvon Branch, Daniel Chase, Mike VeVito, Eric Fisher, Dee Ford, Tamba Hali, James-Michael Johnson, Travis Kelce, Josh Martin, Ron Parker, Dontari Poe, Alex Smith, Donald Stephenson and Frank Zombo joined DJ at Grand Street to serve appetizers, salads and entrees to 160 guests, pose for photos and sign footballs. The event, Celebrity Waiter Night, raised $140,400 for the Foundation through ticket and sponsorship sales, live and silent auction funds and donations. The money will help provide inner city students in Kansas City the educational resources and opportunities they need to succeed.
It was a lively evening emceed for the third year by Voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus and rising auctioneer star, Yve Rojas. The live auction included items like: “Pizza Party for 20 with Derrick Johnson” and “Luxury vacation to Punta Mita, Mexico,” selling for hundreds and thousands of dollars. But athletes and guests alike drew quiet when Chief Legal Counsel to Kansas City Public Schools, Ray Sousley, addressed the crowd about the staggering need for help in the district.
“That’s why we all came out here tonight,” said Johnson. “Our students need help. Together we can do something about it.”
IBT Industrial Solutions was the first to step up to the challenge. On behalf of founder Steve Cloud, company representative Tim Fry presented Johnson a check for $25,000. The money will go toward five DJ’s Discovery Dens to be launched in Kansas City public schools this fall in memory of IBT’s CEO, and devoted Defend the Dream Executive Board Member, Mark Byrne.
Johnson matched the donation on the spot and set off a frenzy of donations by guests.
Johnson isn’t resting any time soon. This week he will launch three DJ’s Discovery Dens sponsored by PepsiCo., Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #2 and BryanCave LLP at Academia de Ninos, Paige Elementary and Attucks Elementary Schools respectively. The Discovery Dens will provide over 1,000 books at each school donated by Scholastic and a safe and cool place for students to read them. Plans to launch several additional DJ’s Discovery Dens are underway for the fall.
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.
Contact: Annie Butler / firstname.lastname@example.org / 513.600.6930
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