This past weekend, Miami Dolphins quarterback and former Arizona State University quarterback Brock Osweiler teamed up with the ASU Sun Devil Club to host a dinner at Steak 44 in Scottsdale, Arizona to support ASU athletics and Honor House. Honor House was founded by Brian Mancini, a Veteran who received two Purple Hearts during his two tours in Iraq. Brian’s initial goal was to provide transitional living services for wounded warriors. That goal expanded and in 2014 Honor House launched Operation Healing Journey, a proactive approach in assisting to fill the transitional and medical gaps from the departure of the military into civilian life. This program is focused on utilizing community resources and works tandemly with regular medical practices to provide a structured three-month program that empowers Veterans to find and seek healthy alternatives along their journey.
“This is a very special night”, Osweiler said. “This is something that my wife Erin and I along with a great group of people have been working on for over a year now and to see it come to fruition tonight for such a great cause is very special. Honor House is a local military foundation that’s truly saving lives, you know? They are going in to homes where men and women are suffering from wartime brain traumas, PTSD, and other things like that.”
Brock has spent many hours giving back but had been looking to do something he felt had a larger impact. “One day in the offseason last year I heard something on the radio about Honor House that pulled me in”, Osweiler said. “Erin and I reached out to Honor House, set a meeting, and the rest is history. Now tonight, thankfully because of Steak 44 and everything they’ve provided, we have this incredible event.” Steak 44 graciously footed 100% of the bill so all proceeds went to ASU Sun Devil Club student athletes and Honor House Veterans.
The red-carpet event was packed full of ASU coaches such as head football coach Herm Edwards, women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne, and Athletic Director Ray Anderson. ASU alumni and former NFL players such as Todd Heap, Adam Archuleta, Derek Hagan, Rudy Carpenter, and current Arizona Cardinal running back D.J. Foster were also on the list. Former Cardinals kicker, CBS analyst, and resident of the valley Jay Feely also RSVP’d to dine with patrons.
Before dinner we caught up with coach Edwards and asked him what an event like this meant to him. “It’s something that I’m really stressing in my life. In fact, my father was in the service. He fought in the Korean War and World War II. At a very early age I learned that our freedoms aren’t free and these men and women that have fought for our freedom need to be represented and need to be looked upon as heroes, because that’s what they are.”, Edwards said. No steak for Herm though, he stuck with a salad for the evening. That must be why he stays so trim.
Tickets for the event sold for $250 and allowed guests to dine at Steak 44 while mingling with the stars. Sponsorship packages were also available guaranteeing donors would be able to dine with a coach or celebrity of their choosing. Steak 44 was packed! Brock was dripping with excitement, and it wasn’t just because of the 105-degree valley heat. “We are sold out and you know what? It’s year one! We’re just getting started and to be able to have every single seat filled tonight is very special”, Osweiler said. “We really put this together in about a month, so I think the sky’s the limit on the future and we are very excited about the turnout.”
The world needs more people like Brock Osweiler. Hats off to you, sir.
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