Mike Smith and Falcons hold Huddle for Children’s Miracle Network

Just a few days ago over 40 of our players and coaches devoted their time and considerable food service experience to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.  They managed to match the $200,000 raised in last year's event. 

A winning season is good, a playoff run is great, a Superbowl victory is amazing, but having a team we can be proud of on and off the field is what makes being a fan worthwhile.

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 Falcons coach Mike Smith took a break from waiting tables in the middle of the second annual Huddle Up for Miracles at the Capital Grille to give us an update Monday evening.

“We’ve got a full house and the guys are up there serving food, having a good time,” Smith said.

Linebackers Curtis Lofton and Mike Peterson were selling flowers to the lady guests trying to raise funds.

Announcer Wes Durham, center Todd McClure and tackle Tyson Clabo. Wonder if this trio won the Karaoke competition? (By Jimmy Cribb/Atlanta Falcons)

“Guys are competing for tips and they are being as creative as they can to earn money,” Smith said. “We are competing to see who will be the top waiter. The money we raise will all go to a great cause.”

Last year’s event raised $194,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, which locally benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Funds raised go specifically to enhancing the Children’s Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“Last year we kicked it off with a very successful night and we hope to do the same thing this year,” Smith said.

Radio announcer Wes Durham was the host. I don’t have report on how the Karaoke contest went. There also was a live auction.

During the event, Smith recognized Marcus Nickell, who was struck by an SUV after he lost control of his skateboard in September of 2008. He recovered at Children’s in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and began therapy in the CIRU. Nickell has since progressed to the Day Rehabilitation Program at Children’s to continue therapy.

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