Thirty-eight local sports figures, including Ben Garland of the Denver Broncos and Dan Coates of the Colorado Mammoth, showed up ready to serve up smiles for the 10th Make-A-Wish® Colorado Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner.
"It was truly an honor to be a part of the Make-A-Wish evening,” said Colorado Mammoth Assistant Captain and Defenseman, Dan Coates. “It is something I will never forget and I am appreciative of everything that it takes to put on such a great event.”
The 2014 Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner with special guest and event emcee, Billy Thompson, included a VIP cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, and wish kid Logan spoke about his wish experience to spend the day with the Stanley Cup®.
Celebrity waiters enjoyed a three-course meal with table guests, were given the challenge of auctioning off the signed apron they wore, and created new friendships with guests and other athletes.
“I loved the opportunity to be a celebrity waiter,” said Denver Broncos Guard, Ben Garland. “Not only did I get the chance to meet a variety of pro athletes and Olympians, but I got to meet one of the children who had his wish granted last year, Logan. Seeing how much his wish meant to him really showed me how important this program is.”
With 343 guests in attendance, the event raised $220,000 to fund wishes in the state of Colorado.
“Wishes are important because it gives a child a chance to forget about everything else going on in their lives,” said Dan Coates. “A wish will put a smile on their face and keep them thinking positively. I think what makes these wishes so special is what might seem so small or insignificant to someone else can mean the world to one child and I think granting these wishes is what it is all about."
View photos from the 2014 Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner at the Make-A-Wish Colorado Facebook page.