BOSTON -- Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hosted his second annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Towne Stove and Spirits on Monday night, bringing with him more than a dozen Patriots teammates to serve food to donors who supported Amendola's Catches for Kids Foundation.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was there for the live auction portion of the event, as were fellow receivers Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell, Brandon Gibson, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms and Jonathan Krause. Other Patriots in attendance were quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, defensive ends Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, safety Patrick Chung, tackle Nate Solder, special teams ace Matthew Slater, fullback James Develin, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and running backs Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount.
"It's our second annual Catches for Kids Celebrity Waiter Night," Amendola said. "We bring out a bunch of my teammates, put an apron on them, they come out, serve some food, serve some wine, and try to raise some money for the youth of Boston that's in need of it. It's a lot of fun for us, it's fun for everybody involved, and we get to raise some money. It's a good night."
Established in 2010, the Catches for Kids mission is to improve the lives of low-income children and families in need by providing opportunities, support, resources and life-changing experiences to impact the lives of more than 100,000 New England children by the end of 2017.
"It started in St. Louis and I brought it over to Boston when I got the opportunity to play here," Amendola explained. "It's been a lot of fun. It's given me the opportunity to reach out to some principals and some people in the community that have allowed me to help out in any way that I can so it's a lot of fun for me."
Several of the players in attendance were asked about the release of linebacker Brandon Spikes, which occurred earlier in the day, but none chose to comment. Some of those who did speak explained that they didn't have much information on the circumstances surrounding Spikes' release.
"I don't really know a whole lot about the story so I can't really comment on that," Amendola said. "I know we got a lot of great teammates in the building tonight, and we're going to have a good night."
The Patriots completed their seventh OTA session on Monday and had three such practices remaining on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mandatory minicamp will be held June 16-18.