Last night’s 3rd annual “Cooley’s for the Cure” event at Clyde’s in Ashburn, was a really fantastic evening of hope, celebration, and amateur auctioneers that moonlight as professional football players.
The night kicked off around 7 p.m. with food and drinks, and the atmosphere buzzed as more and more Redskins players came out in support of Chris Cooley and his family. All told, about 20 players showed up, and spent time schmoozing with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs:
It may have been Chris’s star-power at the event, but it was his mom Nancy who was the woman of the hour. Chris handled her introductions in his own unique way, calling her “my hero.”
“This is an event that is so special to myself and to my family,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of something that’s this important, it’s a pleasure to be able to put on this event, and I’m so grateful that you all are supporting that–it means so much to me. And I get to do it with my mother, who went through breast cancer, and she’s a survivor! She’s a bad*ss.”
Having met both of her sons, she would have to be.
“Team doctors have asked me how I’ve played with some of the things that I’ve played with,” Chris continued, “and then they met my mother and said, ‘Oh, we get it. Your mom’s tougher than you.’ So thank you for that gene, Mom, I think that’s an inherited gene.”
Nancy took a slightly different approach with the crowd, but right from the same vein.
“Tonight is about hope, and looking around right now, I think we all have hope, because we’re all here and we’re all trying to make a difference,” she said. ”I really appreciate y’all coming out–this is the best one ever.”
Nancy went on to introduce her teams of doctors and surgeons, that were described as “a football team” of specialists. Nancy introduced her breast surgeon, Stephanie Akbari, who she described as someone, “that saves lives. She’s an angel.” She also introduced her plastic surgeon, Dr. Davidson, who she said, “has performed over 30 hours of surgery on me, so we’ve become pretty good friends.”
That’s a pretty personal connection that not many people have.
Nancy also noted that Dr. Davidson was generously donating portions of his earnings in the month of October to breast cancer charities, including a check for $1,700 last night.
Davidson had the best line of the night, saying, “Quality care begins with quality patients, and it doesn’t get any better than Nancy.”
The event was capped off with a live auction, which was perhaps the highlight of the evening. Chris Cooley aptly described the proceedings as, “If anyone knows what an auction is…this is an auction.”
The players rotated through, with Cooley, Logan Paulsen, Erik Cook, and others trying their hand. They weren’t great auctioneers in the traditional sense, but they did a good job working the generous crowd for higher bids. Occasionally, when necessary, they relied on the deeper pockets of their teammates to work the bids.
A good time was had by all, and thousands of dollars were raised for two great causes. It’s always an appropriate time to support a cause like this, but especially during Breast Cancer Awareness month, this is the perfect time to give.
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