Thursday night, footballer and philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White clothing charity event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) at the Millennium Building.
DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Garçon’s new football head coach Jay Gruden were just a few of the recognizable faces on hand to support the cause — creating a stronger generation of future leaders across the nation — and to set a record breaking amount for the charity. The event raised $100,000, over three times the amount of last year’s donation.
Gruden took the stage alongside the wide receiver to kick off the live auction, with Linebacker Brian Orakpo, Washington Wizard John Wall, and over a dozen of Garçon’s teammates — including Ryan Kerrigan, Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams, Brandon Meriweather, Kory
“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event. This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids,” Garçon said. “With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year.”
BGCGW National Youth of the Year Kiana Knolland made a heartfelt speech about her involvement with the organization, which helped steer her in the right path through the years. BGCGW Chief Development Officer Paul Alagero thanked Pierre for his efforts.
“Pierre makes another huge catch for the BGCGW. Every school day, we have over 1,200 members walking through the doors at our 12 sites in Virginia, Maryland and the District,” said Alagero. “Because of Pierre’s event and many others, we are able to deliver our 5 core areas to these members.”
Hip hopper Biz Markie closed out the event with a surprise performance of his old school hit “Just A Friend,” singing alongside Garçon while the crowd sang along.
*Images credit Joy Asico