Dozens of Patriots belted out their favorite karaoke hits to raise money for Chung Changing Lives, Boston Childrenâ??s Hospital and The Dimock Center
The NFLPA has announced that Patrick Chung is their Community MVP of the week, after he raised more than $75,000 for charity with his first-ever Open Mic Holiday Party on Monday.
Patrick's event at Showcase Live was a hit among teammates and fans, as they got together for an evening of karaoke fun. In addition to raising money through ticket sales, the event allowed guests to bid on the opportunity to perform with their favorite players, with the funds going to Boston Children's Hospital, the Dimock Center and Patrick's foundation, Chung Changing Lives. More than 40 toys were also collected for the Dimock Center's annual holiday season drive.
"It was fun," Patrick told NFL AM. "We helped some kids. It was a blast. I hope we can do it again for years to come."
The big night out was preceded by an afternoon of karaoke at Children's Hospital, where patients did crafts and sang their favorite tunes with Patrick and teammate Michael Hoomanawanui. This smaller event meant a lot to Patrick, as he got to bring some festive cheer to children who wouldn't be able to leave the hospital to attend the Open Mic Holiday Party.
"Even through their health concerns, the kids' spirits shine so bright and that's really moving for me," he said, according to the NFLPA.
At Children's Hospital, he and Michael also visited the newly opened Seacrest Studios, where they took part in an interview that was broadcast throughout the building.
"Patients who weren't able to make it down for karaoke were able to call in from their beds to ask me any question they wanted," Patrick explained. "That was very cool. They also played my mom's song before we wrapped up the show."
Patrick's mom, Sophia George, was a popular reggae singer in the 1980s with her hit "Girlie Girlie." Although the Patriots safety admitted that he didn't manage to inherit her vocal abilities, he does share her passion for music. Now, he's working to bring that to the community through Chung Changing Lives. The foundation, which he runs with wife Cece, has hosted a number of programs in the Boston area, including the karaoke events and SMART, a three-week summer music academy for Boston-area youths.
As part of the Community MVP award, Chung Changing Lives will receive a donation from the NFLPA.