Colts support Chuck Pagano with fundraiser benefiting leukemia patients
"There are times when your team needs to play with a purpose and it's been good because we've found a purpose," said Bruce Arians, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to victory in five out of six games after temporarily replacing Chuck Pagano. "It's just a shame that Chuck had to get sick."
The players and organization have shown their support for the ailing coach in various ways over the past couple of months. Receiver donned orange gloves in the Indianapolis Colts’ very first game without Chuck Pagano, which ultimately turned out to be an unexpected win over the Green Bay Packers. Last week alteast three dozen Indianapolis Colts personnel shaved their heads as a tribute to Chuck Pagano’s struggle with leukemia and all through this time the Indianapolis Colts’ pro shop has been selling “Chuckstong” T-shirts and wristbands.
The T-shirts made a return at a local night spot Sully's Bar and Grill on Saturday, owned by Sean Sullivan and his wife, who organized a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana.
"This is about family,” said Bruce Arians, “and so many families are affected by this disease that everything we can do to fight it, we will,"
Sean Sullivan is the Indianapolis Colts’ equipment manager and he’s been equally active in supporting Chuck Pagano through his battle with leukemia. Indianapolis Colts coaches, front office personnel and players all showed up to help the organizers raise a projected $10,000 donation for a society in Chuck Pagano’s name.
"It's in Coach's honor and he doesn't even know we're donating the money in his name," stated Sean Sullivan.
The main event of the fundraiser was an auction of sports memorabilia and other significant autographed items, collected by Sean Sullivan.
The auctioned memorabilia in the fundraiser associated with NFL included jerseys from Drew Brees, Tim Tebow and Edgerrin James, a football signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, helmets signed by Rex Ryan and Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning’s’ autographed high school jersey. Other Sports memorabilia auctioned-off were a basketball signed by Indiana coach Tom Crean, football autographed by Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson, racing helmet signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a mini-helmet autographed by Dick Butkus. Even the Baltimore Ravens, where Chuck Pagano served as an assistant coach before signing-up with the Indianapolis Colts threw in a helmet to be auctioned.
Among the more unusual or rare items auctioned that night included game-worn cleats by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and safety Antoine Bethea, signed basketball shoes by Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger, as well as autographed scripts by the cast of CBS shows, CSI: New York and Criminal Minds.
This was the third fundraiser Bruce Arians attended in support of Chuck Pagano and he plans to hold another at a downtown Indianapolis restaurant Dunaways’s, with Reggie Wayne and Andrew Luck. Tickets have been already sold out at $100 each.