Now that minicamp is over, Falcons coach Mike Smith will take a break and host his second annual Huddle Up For Miracles dinner at 7 p.m. Monday at the Capital Grille in Buckhead.
Last year’s event raised $194,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, which locally benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Funds raised go specifically to enhancing the Children’s Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“It’s exciting to come together as a team and help an extremely worthy cause,” said Smith. “Following the success of last year’s event, I have even higher expectations this year. The staff at The Capital Grille is tremendous and our players and coaches are highly anticipating the event.”
Radio announcer Wes Durham will host the event and about 40 players and coaches will serve dinner to guests. The team will also compete for charitable tips and participate in karaoke. The dinner will also feature a live auction.
During the event, Smith will recognize Marcus Nickell, who was struck by an SUV after he lost control of his skateboard in September of 2008. He recovered at Children’s in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and began therapy in the CIRU. Nickell has since progressed to the Day Rehabilitation Program at Children’s to continue therapy.
Those interested in purchasing tickets to the event or making a donation can visit CHOA.org/huddle.