VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Baseball star David Wright was back home to Hampton Roads Friday.
The New York Mets third baseman brought a little Las Vegas to the Oceanfront, while raising money for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. 10 On Your Side was proud to sponsor the sold-out “Vegas Night” at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Wright grew up in Chesapeake and went to Hickory High School. CHKD has always been dear to his heart — even before he made the major leagues with the Mets, he volunteered there. Wright holds the fundraising event every year to help sick kids beat the odds. And he told WAVY.com he’s grateful for the community support.
“The sponsors, the people that bought tickets, the people coming out to support, the people who donated money and items, whatever it may be had an impact on this event and should pat themselves on the back because this is a terrific event and we’re going to raise a lot of money for a tremendous cause,” Wright said.
Several team executives even made the trip to Hampton Roads to support the event. Sandy Alderson, New York Mets General Manager, was one of them.
“He’s genuinely concerned about people and wants to lend his name to support as many good causes as he can, and it makes a difference,” Alderson said about Wright.
Along with play gambling, there was a silent and live auction. The money raised helps CHKD stay on the cutting edge of medical technology, and makes sure more kids in Hampton Roads can use their services.