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Serving the Community

Posted Nov 1, 2011

Wesley Woodyard and teammates supported the 16Ways Foundation by serving as waiters at Sullivan's Steakhouse in downtown Denver Tuesday.


DENVER -- If you walked into Sullivan's Steakhouse in downtown Denver Tuesday night, you saw plenty of Broncos.

But the group, led by Wesley Woodyard, wasn't there to eat. Rather, the players were all proudly wearing aprons, serving food to patrons.

No, it's not Woodyard's second job. It was the MVP Dinner, hosted by the linebacker and his teammates, benefitting his 16Ways Foundation.

Supporting Woodyard and the cause were Mario Haggan, Joe Mays, Demaryius Thomas, David Bruton, Eddie Royal and Champ Bailey.

"Just the type of person that he is, I want to come out and support him and do whatever I can to help him out," Mays said of Woodyard. "He's a real good guy, a great person, and I'm going to do whatever I can to help."

Patrons could purchase tickets to the event, which included a five-star, four-course meal, a meet-and-greet with the Broncos waiters and a silent auction.

Up for bidding was memorabilia autographed by former Broncos John Elway, Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe, along with other sports legends Muhammad Ali, Gail Sayers, Bo Jackson, Dick Butkus, Jerry Rice and Michael Jordan.

"I might have to put my name on a few of these silent auction items," Woodyard smiled. "There's some great stuff here."

The reason behind the night was to support Woodyard's 16Ways Foundation, which he started in 2010.

The non-profit organization's primary focus is working with at-risk youth between the ages of 8 and 18, aiming to build self-esteem, promote responsibility for one's own actions and help overcome obstacles.

It also stresses the importance of academics, knowledge of career options and professional development, community involvement and mental and physical fitness.

Haggan was happy to be part of the effort.

"At-risk youth, there couldn't be a better cause," Haggan said. "Wesley has a big heart, and I'm always proud to be a part of anything he does."

Woodyard appreciated the support he got from his teammates.

"It means a lot to see them come out and support me, but most importantly support the cause," he said.

As for the evening's activities, Woodyard joked that he gave his teammates a pep talk about not breaking any plates -- and of course giving all their tips to him.

"I was just hoping I didn't spill anything on anyone," Haggan laughed.

In the end, the event raised plenty of money for a good cause.

"It's giving back to the community, and that's something that means a lot to everybody," Woodyard said.