There are a lot of NFL-related events that Val and I wish we had the opportunity to attend, but one that we really regretted missing was Larry-oke. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Larry Izzo, he was a linebacker and special teamer who played with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Jets, as well as a huge supporter of military families and our troops. During his time in New England, Larry sponsored an annual karaoke night, featuring performances by some of his teammates. The event was extremely successful, raising over $600,000 during his time in New England, and producing gems such as these:
Well, Larry departed for the Jets (ugh, the Jets) in 2009 and took his Larry-oke event with him. Sadly, Val and I never got the chance to attend.
The good news is that one Patriot is bringing back the karaoke tradition this year. That Patriot is Patrick Chung and today we’re bring you the story of his charity.
WHO: Patrick Chung (Patriots safety) and his wife, Cecelia Chung
Patrick Chung was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and has been with the team except for the 2013 season, when he played for the Eagles. His background gives some insight into the causes his charity supports – he was born in Jamaica to Sophia George-Chung, who earned fame as a singer with the hit “Girlie Girle.”
CHARITY NAME: Chung Changing Lives
CAUSES: “Chung Changing Lives (CCL) is dedicated to improving the lives of children. CCL was established to support the personal and academic development of boys and girls through providing access to enrichment and educational programs ranging from swimming classes to musical instruction. The goal of CCL is to cultivate healthy lifestyles and active civic participation by ensuring that children have equal access to character-shaping experiences. Additionally, CCL seeks to improve the lives of young children by providing funding to other organizations which seek to enrich children’s lives.”
EVENTS: As noted above, Chung Changing Lives will be hosting an Open Mic Holiday Party on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00pm at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA. Proceeds from the event will go towards Chung Changing Lives, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Dimock Center, a health and human services center providing low-cost, high-quality care to Boston residents. General admission tickets are $50 and higher-priced VIP options are also available. The event will feature celebrity karaoke, a live and silent auction, raffles, and photo-booths. (Personally, we’re hoping this becomes an annual event!)
This year, CCL also held its second annual SMART Pep Rally in Boston. SMART (Summer Music Academy for Real Teens) “is a three-week intensive for youth of Greater Boston to learn from and work with professional musicians to build their skills in songwriting, beat making, and more, but also to develop lasting connections across geographic and cultural boundaries with other young people who share a passion for music.” SMART is co-sponsored by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. A performance at the Boston Hard Rock Cafe for graduates of the SMART program was held in August.
Recently, Chung Changing Lives made it even easier to donate through AmazonSmile. Sign-up using your Amazon account and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will go back to Chung Changing Lives.
CCL logo image included in this post is from here.