Return to mobile version

Wishful Thinking

Local sports celebrities serve up smiles

Sporting Affair 2014
February 20th was not a typical night at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. 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.

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. 

“Our daughter got to shine and be the center of positive, healthy attention for a whole week.”

About this Blog

Our wish kids, families, volunteers and supporters have either witnessed or experienced first-hand the impact a wish can have on a child with a life-threatening medical condition, and have different experiences and memories associated with our organization. Read about the Make-A-Wish Colorado family here at the Wishful Thinking Blog!

Join the conversation

Leave a Comment

You might also be interested in ...

Make-A-Wish® Colorado
7951 E. Maplewood Avenue
Suite 126
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 750-9474
Toll Free Colorado Only (800) 366-9474