Minnesota Vikings’ Linebacker Chad Greenway Makes Big Plays Off The Field to Benefit His Lead The Way Foundation
Posted By:  Sean Cox
Thursday, October 17, 2013

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Oct. 17, 2013) - Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro Linebacker Chad Greenway and 16 of his teammates welcomed nearly 200 guests to his Third Annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Manny's Steakhouse on Monday.

Teammates Jared Allen, Audie Cole, Rhett Ellison, Fred Evans, Toby Gerhart, Erin Henderson, Matt Kalil, Cullen Loeffler, Michael Mauti, Marvin Mitchell, Kyle Rudolph, Andrew Sendejo, Kevin Williams and former Vikings Steve Hutchinson and Ben Leber joined Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman all to rally behind Greenway to support his Lead The Way Foundation.

The Vikings donned aprons to help serve appetizers and top off drinks while mingling with guests. Funds were also raised through a thrilling silent and live auction following dinner.

"We are given a great opportunity to reach a lot of people through the NFL," said Greenway. "We're trying to use it the best we can to help as many people as possible."

The third annual Celebrity Waiter Night raised almost $200,000 for the foundation.

Proceeds from fundraisers like Celebrity Waiter Night help Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation fulfill its mission to enrich the lives of individuals and families in the Greater Twin Cities.

They did just that Tuesday, when Greenway and wife, Jenni, launched Chad's Locker at its fourth location: the St. Paul Campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Funds for the locker were raised in July at the Annual Bohannon Group Foundation Charity Golf Fundraiser that directly benefits the Lead the Way Foundation.

Chad's Locker provides patients and families access to technology as a means for relaxation and communication. The locker includes kid-friendly laptop computers, video gaming systems and iPads. These games are a welcome distraction for pediatric patients to help occupy their time during their hospital or specialty clinic visits. The locker provides a welcome outlet for thousands of patients and families each month. 

Combined, this locker and its counterpart at the Minneapolis Campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will be available to 128,000 patients and their families each year.

About Chad Greenway's Lead The Way Foundation
The mission of Chad Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation is to enrich the lives of individuals and families in need. Its primary focus is to provide critically and chronically ill children throughout the Greater Twin Cities with daily support and life-changing experiences. Learn more at www.chadgreenway.org.

About Manny's Steakhouse
One of the Zagat survey's top five American steakhouses - no bull - Manny's commands a fanatical local following and a national reputation for serving the finest beef. It is, by far, the most successful steakhouse in the Twin Cities, and with its move to the W Minneapolis in 2008, the restaurant has won the allegiance of a whole new generation of carnivores. In addition to its hand-trimmed, dry-aged, center-cut beef, Manny's offers chops, chicken, fresh seafood and a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list.

About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 381 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. Please visit childrensMN.org.

About The Bohannon Group Foundation
The Bohannon Group Foundation was formally established in 2008 with a mission to ease the journey for chronically ill or disabled children and their families, in order to create in them hope and peace for tomorrow. For more information please visit www.bohannon-group.com.

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