“Would you like a crabcake?”
The burly waiter extended a silver tray of hors d’oeuvres, but the patrons were more interested in his autograph.
A black, rectangular name tag reading “Ryan” was affixed to a Ruth’s Chris apron over a crisp white dress shirt and a diagonally-striped gray-and-white tie.
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and nine of his teammates hustled for tips Tuesday at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Arlington, Va., as part of a Celebrity Waiter night to raise funds for Kerrigan’s Blitz For The Better Foundation.
By the end of the night, Kerrigan’s group had raised $108,000 for seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area.
“Being in the NFL gives me a unique platform to be able to reach out to people and to help people that are a little less fortunate,” Kerrigan said while addressing the crowd.
“This cause really hits home for me, because I have a cousin with autism. I’ve been able to see first-hand the struggles and the challenges that my family has faced in everyday life.”
London Fletcher, Adam Gettis, Darryl Tapp, Kirk Cousins, Kedric Golston, Alfred Morris, Will Montgomery, Logan Paulsen and Doug Worthington all came to work, learning to serve food from the left and remove empty plates from the right.
Golston dished out salad plates two at a time while Tapp circled the dining room floor with a bottle of wine. Fletcher gingerly dropped plates of petite filet mignons and twin lobster tails in front of guests.
Morris took pleasure in pronouncing “bruschetta” as he doled out the tomato, basil and mozzarella based appetizer.
The event raised close to $12,000 on pledge cards and free hugs alone. A silent auction with signed memorabilia and a live auction, complete with a fast-talking auctioneer, brought out the generosity of the crowd.
“Being able to give back to a group of people that really needs it, to help families that really need that extra help, it means a lot to me,” Kerrigan said.
“It really means a lot that you guys are willing to help me.”
Tags: Adam Gettis, Alfred Morris, Blitz for the better, Celebrity Waiter, doug worthington, Kedric Golston, Kirk Cousins, logan paulsen, london fletcher, redskins, ryan kerrigan, will montgomery
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