I had the unique opportunity this weekend to meet and visit with New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. He and his girlfriend were in town supporting the Self-Help International charity event at Centennial Oaks golf course in Waverly on Saturday night. (For those not familiar with Self-Help, it's a fantastic organization that helps developing areas of the world learn to become more self-sustaining - website.)
Wes took time to visit with EVERYONE, sign autographs, and take pictures with anyone that wanted them. He even helped emcee the live auction portion of the night and he wasn't exactly sober which made it quite entertaining.
The final live auction package was one that Wes personally donated. It included two tickets (in Wes's family seats) to any home New England football game, tunnel passes for after the game where Wes's girlfriend would escort you to a spot in the tunnel where Wes and a bunch of players would come and meet with you after the game, a couple of nights in the 5-star Boston Harbor hotel, dinner with Wes & his girlfriend, and then when bidding stalled out at $3000, Wes also threw in box seats to a game at Fenway, if the Sox were still playing when you went out to NE. Quite the package... I think $4500 was the winning bid on that one.
All in all, he seemed to be a real stand up guy. I think it says a lot that he and his girlfriend took the time to come to a small town in Iowa and give their support to the organization. I know it meant a lot to everyone involved with it around here.
Take it for what it's worth... just thought I'd share my experience.
You should have posted this earlier!! I would have gone!! I didn't know anything about this.
Sorry! I should've posted for any Patriot fans that were interested. It was pretty funny, there was a high school kid washing dishes in the back that is a HUGE Patriots fan. They brought him out to meet Wes and he almost passed out - pretty funny. They didn't even advertise that he was coming to the event. I suppose if they would've they probably would've got more people at the event - wasn't a great turnout IMO.
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