April 9, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - It's not every day that UW student-athletes are given the chance to serve food, bench press leprechauns or arm wrestle local Madison sportscasters.
Fourteen UW student-athletes were provided the chance at United Cerebral Palsy's 27th Annual Celebrity Banquet & Auction in February where they all served as celebrity waiters for the event's guests. The event was held at the Blackhawk Country Club and raised more than $75,000 in funds for United Cerebral Palsy's programs and services.
"It was an honor to have UW Athletes join us once again as servers for UCP's Celebrity Banquet," says Trisha Davies, Director of Development for the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County. "This event is critical to the programs and services we provide to more than 1,400 children and adults in our community."
Davies and other staff at the event greatly appreciated the student-athletes participation.
"The energy and enthusiasm that the UW Athletes brought to the festivities were key to the great success of the event for us," she said.
Football player Ray Ball and women's rower Monica Whitehouse provided a little enthusiasm when Whitehouse took on Madison sportscaster Lance Veeser in a cheesecake eating/arm wrestling contest and Ray Ball bench pressed "Madison's leprechaun" Joe Herr twenty times.
Money raised from the student-athletes efforts contributed to the evenings' grand total.
"It was a great time for a great cause," Ball said. "I enjoy this event so much because I can interact and connect with new people in the Madison area."