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Former Vikings Star Chad Greenway Raises More than $247,000 at Ninth Annual 'Celebrity Waiter Night'
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (OCTOBER 1, 2019) – On Monday night, Minnesota Vikings legend Chad Greenway and his wife, Jenni, hosted their Ninth Annual ‘Celebrity Waiter Night’ fundraising event in Minneapolis for their Lead the Way Foundation at the world-renowned Manny’s Steakhouse. The event benefitted the outreach programs of the Lead the Way Foundation, and it featured Greenway and numerous other current and former Twin Cities sports icons mingling with more than 160 guests in attendance. Attendees were treated to an exclusive cocktail reception, live music of Minneapolis-based duo “Trick,” a classic Manny’s steak dinner and a live and silent auction. More than $247,000 was raised in support of the Lead the Way Foundation.

During the event, the Greenways spoke about their foundation and why their mission of providing seriously ill youth with daily support and life-changing experiences is so important to them. They were also joined by Alex Weed, a teenage cancer survivor and philanthropist himself. Weed, who started his own program titled OneLessWire, focuses his outreach around providing wireless Beats headphones to pediatric hospitals. He spoke briefly about the partnership that OneLessWire and the Lead the Way Foundation are forming to get wireless headphones in all of the existing Chad’s Lockers.

Another way the Lead the Way Foundation fulfills this mission is through the ‘Chad’s Playground’ program, which builds state-of-the-art, handicap-accessible playgrounds at pediatric hospitals in an effort to improve the patients’ quality of life. Through the funds raised on Monday evening, Greenway will be able to unveil a new all-inclusive playground in 2020.

Paul Allen, the Minnesota Viking’s radio announcer, served as the event’s emcee. Local sports stars showed up in force to support Greenway’s mission of improving the quality of life of seriously ill youth. Twin Cities celebrities in attendance included Kyle Rudolph, Jason Zucker, Brooks Bollinger and Jay Fiedler.

Monday’s ‘Celebrity Waiter Night’ briefly follows the Greenways’ ninth annual ‘TendHer Heart’ program on Sunday morning. Held for the second straight year at US Bank Stadium, the Greenways hosted 300 local mothers for a special luncheon and day of pampering. The program recognizes the courage and sacrifice of mothers with seriously ill or special needs children.

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