12/1/10 11:15 AM
Annapolis, MD. Chesapeake Bayhawks Midfielder Ben Hunt attended the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Heartsongs Gala on November 13, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. The event paired professional athletes with a Goodwill Ambassador - a child suffering from a neuromuscular disease. Hunt spent the cocktail reception and dinner with his Goodwill Ambassador, Mercy Blouin-Escoto, and her family.
“It was an honor to represent the Chesapeake Bayhawks at the MDA Heartsongs event in DC,” said Hunt. “I had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with Mercy and her family at the event. We had a great time together and I was humbled to give back to a great cause. I look forward to staying in touch with Mercy and participating again next year.”
“It’s moments like that when each athlete came marching in with their Goodwill Ambassadors that make me realize that we are not alone in the fight against neuromuscular diseases,” Fundraising Coordinator Nadine Pottinga said. “The athletes have brought help and hope to not only our families present at the event, but to millions affected by a neuromuscular disease. We have had such wonderful feedback about the energy and enthusiasm each athlete brought to the event and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that each of the Goodwill Ambassadors is forever changed by the evening.”
The poster child of this event, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, lost his battle with the disease in 2004, but not before he was able to instill his beliefs of peace, happiness, and “listening to your heartsong” in others. Known to others as a peacemaker and a poet, Stepanek’s vision of the Heartsongs Gala was founded in 2003 to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to battle neuromuscular diseases and in its 8th anniversary, the Gala raised $300,000.
For more information on the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Heartsongs Gala, visit http://www.heartsongsgala.org/