For the third year in a row, Golden Tate put on his “Stars and Strikes” fundraiser for his Golden Future Foundation. For the third year in a row, it was a pretty great time.
We were lucky enough to be on-hand for the star—specifically Lions stars—studded affair, put together by Golden and Elise Tate to benefit veterans groups including the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) and Pets for Veterans. Beyond regular donations (including one by Rep the Squad, pictured above) there was also a silent auction.
Many Lions stars contributed signed gear for the auction (and Rep the Squad donated a free subscription), and Matthew Stafford even contributed his own personal chef for the evening. Coolest of all, in our opinion, attending veterans also got the opportunity to bowl, and generally hang out, with their favorite Lions players.
Beyond Tate, Lions players in attendance included star quarterback Matthew Stafford, defensive superstar Ezekiel Ansah, and tight end Eric Ebron, among others. More impressive than the big names, though, was the sense of compassion and gratitude on display all night long. Led by Golden and Elise—who’ve been active supporters of the veteran community for years—everybody came together to support an important cause that doesn’t get as much mainstream attention as it probably deserves.
Even on a night that featured football superstars, glamorous celebrities (rumor has it Worldwide Wes put in an appearance), and even a surprise proposal (she said yes), the focus was on appreciating and supporting our veterans. They were the real stars of the evening, and Golden wouldn’t want it any other way.