DENVER —** Von Miller held his third annual Celebrity Steak-Out to raise funds for his foundation Von's Vision, which helps supply low-income children in Denver with glasses and frames.
Miller and numerous teammates swapped out their jerseys for aprons to serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres to guests during silent auctions that included autographed jerseys, other memorabilia and assorted prizes, which raised money for Von's Vision.
Teammates joined Von Miller as he hosted his third annual Von's Vision Celebrity Steak-Out to benefit his foundation to support Denver youth with glasses. (All photos by Ben Swanson)
"Von's Vision is my mission to get glasses and frames to low-income children in Denver and helping with success in the classroom," Miller said. "$20 will get one kid a pair of frames so just by the guys showing up tonight and whatever money we do get we'll be able to do a lot of great things. We're very, very blessed to be in the situation we are in with Von's Vision and it's been great."
Ensuring a child's sight is a cause that Miller has embraced, especially because of the impact glasses have had on his life.
"With me, I've been wearing glasses since I was in the second grade, so it's very, very near and dear to my heart," Miller said. "I was the kid that had the pair of glasses for a whole year, sleeping on them and I got the little lanyard on them and stuff, so I can definitely identify with all the kids that need glasses."
Though the immediate impact is in the classroom, glasses can also have a beneficial boost in confidence for kids.
"It's always good to have a couple of frames, and that's what we tell the kids, too," Miller said. "If they've got one pair, that's cool, but if you get them two pairs and they'll want to wear these on Tuesdays or Mondays and stuff. So we're here to make it fun and here to make the kids proud to wear glasses that they've got that they picked out."