KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Chiefs legends came together in a feel-good event all for a good cause.
The Chiefs hosted the 2019 Kansas City Ambassador Gala at The Abbott in downtown Kansas City on Friday, May 3. The Kansas City Ambassadors are a group of former players that continue serving the greater Kansas City community through a number of different charities and initiatives. There were many current and former Chiefs players that were present at the gala. Even Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt and Chiefs president Mark Donovan were on hand to show their support at the event.
The gala featured hor d'oeuvres from local chefs, dancing,and live music with live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting 25 different local non-profit charities.
Kansas City Ambassador president and Chiefs Hall of Famer Tim Grunhard was excited for the turnout at the event.
"Anytime you ask Kansas City to step up for the Kansas City Chiefs especially with us at Kansas City Ambassadors, they always do," Grunhard said. "We were expecting maybe 300 people. We weren't sure. And, we're well over 400 people. So, we're really excited. We've got some great charities we work with. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Quality and just a plethora of other different charities around town."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC CEO Micheal Lawrence took part in the festivities. He was also excited for the opportunity to have some of the youth in the program get up-close-and-personal with the Chiefs.
"We'll have a little brother and his big brother here who will share the impact this program has had on their lives," Lawrence said. "They get really excited to be around the Chiefs legends and to just tell their story of excitement and friendship and how the Ambassadors have led other people to become part of the mission."
As excited as some of the youth-based programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Camp Quality, are to be around current and former Chiefs players, The Kansas City Ambassadors are also excited to work with those various youth-based programs.
"We have so many great kids in Kansas City and such great potential," Grunhard said. "If we could reach out and help to grow and to make sure that potential was taken advantage of, then we're doing what we're supposed to do. And, that's what we look forward to with the Big Brothers Big Sisters. And, I know the Chiefs do too."