INDIANAPOLIS – When it comes to honoring the military,
There was McAfee last November helping reunite a military family during halftime of the Colts and Rams contest at Lucas Oil Stadium.
McAfee is back at again this Friday with the Pat McAfee Foundation hosting the “Red, White and BOOMSTICK Cocktail Party” at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis.
This is the second year for a foundation that helps fund scholarships for children of military members.
In 2013, the foundation focused on corporate donations with McAfee doing appearances where all the money went to various scholarships.
The goal in Year Two is to up the ante.
“It should be a fantastic evening,” McAfee says of Friday’s three-hour cocktail party. “I waned to do it to raise money so I can give more scholarships to kids.
“There will be a red carpet there, a commemorative photo that you get, a meet and greet, a couple of my teammates will be there, a silent auction with the Colts and Pacers donating gifts, experiences from the Colts, jewelry..."
McAfee’s pointed out that he has plenty of backing from his father and Chris Quiocho, a veteran of the Army, for this Friday’s event.
In the inaugural year, the foundation raised around $30,000 in scholarships with the hope to up that number in 2014.
Taking one look at McAfee’s Twitter account and it’s pretty clear he has a strong affinity for supporting the military.
McAfee recalls why he has taken such a stance towards the military with his foundation.
“My older brother’s best friend went to Iraq to serve and he was kind of like an older brother to me. He got discharged after an IED blew up on him and that’s when it clicked to me that I could have lost a guy that I loved because he was willing to sacrifice his all for our country,” McAfee says.
“After I got to college, I got the chance to meet a couple of wounded vets and chit chat with them. When I got here, I got a chance to interact with wounded vets and Wish for Our Heroes. I got a chance to go to Camp Atterbury and it all culminated to me just coming to this full revelation that they are the absolute heroes of our country. They are so much tougher and more heroic than I could ever be. I’ve wanted to dedicate something special to them and their families.”
That brings McAfee to Friday night where a three-hour cocktail party, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will continue to raise money for family members that are without their mothers or fathers for a significant part of their childhood.
With Fourth of July on the horizon, there will be plenty of laughs at Sullivan’s on Friday night with hundreds of Hoosiers taking to the community for a charitable and patriotic evening.
“That’s part of the Hoosier hospitality that everybody talks about,” McAfee says of the local community’s outreach.
“It never ceases to amaze me the amount of money that people are willing to give to help foundations, to give to help people and I hope Friday will be like that.”