The 2013 Men in Kilts campaign for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House charities of Western Washington and Alaska today announced they had raised $37,200 for housing seriously ill children and their families.
Offensive lineman John Moffitt donned the kilt for the Seahawks this year – his second time participating in the challenge where individuals could cast a vote for their favorite kilt-wearer. Moffitt brought home 42 votes at $25 per vote, good for $1,050 in donations to the Ronald McDonald House and 10th place out of the 12 kilt-competitors.
The 2013 “Kings of the Kilt” were announced last Sunday, as Mark Flieg, Cameron Pinard and Forrest Soderlind of the Bellevue video game developer Bungie raised the most money. Former Seattle Sounders FC forward Roger Levesque and current Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans were also participants this year, earning 169 total votes and 3rd place in the competition.
“Individuality. Strength. Unabashed boldness in the face of conventionality. These are the standards to which a man wearing a kilt holds himself.” (Photo by Michael Clinard for Ronald McDonald House Charities)
It’s safe to say that Seahawks offensive guard John Moffitt already embraced all of these qualities prior to throwing on a kilt to benefit Ronald McDonald House, but the new garb surely enhances those attributes for the third-year pro.
Moffitt is one of 18 individuals to don the duds for the “Men In Kilts” campaign aimed at raising money for Ronald McDonald House charities of Western Washington and Alaska, who support seriously ill children and their families. For just $25, individuals can cast a vote for their favorite kilt-wearer, with the proceeds from the vote sponsoring one night of housing for a family at the Ronald McDonald House.
Some of the Seattle sports names Moffitt is up against include the pairing of former Seattle Sounders FC forward Roger Levesque and current Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans, the 950 KJR AM trio of Jerry Brewer, Ian Furness and Jason Puckett, and former player turned broadcaster Dave Henderson of the Seattle Mariners.
Voting opens today and runs through April 12, when the top vote-getter will be crowned “King of the Kilt”.
(Photo by Michael Clinard for Ronald McDonald House Charities)
On Saturday, June 16 members of the Sea Hawkers Booster Club teamed up with the Seattle Seahawks to meet and mingle with children and families of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.
The event offered children and families of the Ronald McDonald House an up-close and personal look at the excitement and energy that surrounds the Seahawks gameday experience.
The Sea Hawkers prepared and served brunch for the house, as the Sea Gals, mascot Blitz and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond visited with children and their families, posed for photos and signed autographs. HAWK ONE Tailgating was also on hand, offering photos and tours of their 36-foot gameday tailgating RV.
The event also included spirited performances from the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline and dance renditions from the Sea Gals, who actively engaged the children and their families and encouraged them to join in the festive acts.
Chris Johnson, VP Publicity – Sea Hawkers Central Council, trusted the half-day event would bring out the same sense of family and togetherness that the 12th Man exuberates on Seahawks game days.
“The 12th Man is known for their sense of oneness, rallying behind a ‘cause’ and rising to the occasion inside the stadium on gameday,” said Johnson. “To see the 12th Man, as one, rally behind the kids and families of the Ronald McDonald House while teamed up with the Seahawks…priceless.”
The Sea Hawkers Booster Club has been involved in helping charities throughout the community since their inception in 1976. The club visits the Ronald McDonald house twice a year and has visited the house a total of five times – they plan to make a return trip to the house in December.
For more information on the Sea Hawkers Booster Club, visit www.SeaHawkers.org or find them on Facebook, and to learn more about the efforts of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, visit http://www.rmhcseattle.org/