We've seen a few football players on "Dancing with the Stars," but for Patrick Chung and Michael Hoomanawanui "American Idol" might be a better fit. The two spent their Tuesday afternoon belting out tunes during a karaoke session at Boston Children's Hospital, as young patients joined them in singing a mix of holiday classics and modern favorites that had everybody in good spirits.
The event was a precursor to Patrick's Open Mic Night, which is taking place Monday, December 15 at Showcase Live and will raise money for Children's Hospital as well as the Dimock Center and Patrick's own foundation, Chung Changing Lives.
Since only a few patients will have the opportunity to travel to Foxborough for Open Mic Night, Patrick decided to bring the fun to them. "Some kids can't leave the hospital to go out to the event, so we did a little karaoke here for them," he explained. "We did it so everybody gets a little holiday spirit and gets to sing a little bit."
And sing they did. The children picked out their favorite songs – everything from "Let It Go" and "Jingle Bells" to "Sweet Home Alabama" – and some even hopped on stage to entertain the group alongside Patrick and Michael, who happily performed every song.
With festive hats on, the two also posed for photos and signed autographs before stepping into the brand new Seacrest Studio broadcast booth, which Ryan Seacrest opened last month. Patrick and Michael were the first special guests to go on air at Seacrest Studio, as they were interviewed by hospital staff and Camryn, a fifth grader from Maine who had sung with the pair earlier in the afternoon. The interview was broadcast throughout the hospital, allowing all patients to hear from the players and even call in with some questions.
Patrick Chung and Michael Hoomanawanui visited the Boston Children's hospital yesterday and had some fun singing karaoke with the kids.
The visit to Children's Hospital and upcoming Open Mic Night are new additions to Patrick's charity initiatives, although karaoke is an old favorite for the Patriots. Previously, Larry Izzo and Zoltan Mesko organized similar events in the community. For Patrick and wife Cece, who serves as the executive director of Chung Changing Lives, continuing the tradition was a no brainer.
"We have a summer music academy for teens at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center," Cece explained. "We saw [the teens] evolving in music and thought this would be a great event to carry out. First it was Larryoke and then Zoltan had it, so we just thought it was the perfect fit."
Patrick added, "It's a great event. It's been successful in past years so I thought we should keep on doing it."
Not only does the event raise money for three charities important to the Chung family, but it also promises to be an entertaining night out for players and fans alike.
"A lot of guys are going to sing," Patrick vowed. "I've been talking to them all week. We have Tuesday off, so we'll have a little fun."
Patrick, whose mother was a professional singer in Jamaica, is also guaranteed to get on stage, but he's keeping his set list under wraps for now.
"I've got a couple of songs," he revealed, "but you've just got to come out and see."
Patrick Chung's Open Mic Night (18 and over) takes place December 15 at Showcase Live at Patriot Place. For tickets and more information, visit www.chungchanginglives.org.