VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — For the past five years, Mets third baseman David Wright from Chesapeake has held his annual Vegas Night, a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Money is raised through a variety of Vegas style games like poker, blackjack and craps as well as a silent auction.
Wright has supported CHKD for the last 10 years.
“I can’t think of a better establishment to support in this area than CHKD,” Wright said. “It’s something where even when I didn’t have the financial means or the notoriety to put on extravagant events like this, I used to love going and hanging out with the children, playing board games just saying hello.”
The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and Wright has seen Vegas Night grow over the years.
“To be able to do this now and raise this type of money for this cause and see exactly where it goes, to see the kids enjoy the things that we put in that hospital because of this event, it’s spectacular.”
Wright brought along some of his New York Mets teammates along with friends like Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman and the recently retired Michael Cuddyer.
“It is great to support David,” Cuddyer said. “It’s great to support his cause but his cause is our cause, this area’s cause, so it’s a no-brainer.”