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Vennessa Ortiz is a twenty-something lover of art, fashion and music. Professionally, she works in the retail marketing industry. Personally, she makes jewelry and paints. Vennessa’s art has been showcased in a few DC art shows and she is in the process of creating her online boutique for jewelry along with other handmade items.
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Recap: Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan Hosts Blitz For The Better Foundation’s Celebrity Waiter Night

Ryan Kerrigan  Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Ryan Kerrigan
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Although the Washington Redskins have had a pretty rough season, the players performed wonderfully last night at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Arlington Virginia.  Ryan Kerrigan, founder of  Blitz for the Better Foundation, hosted Celebrity Waiter Night to raise money for his charity.  Blitz for the Better Foundation main focus is to impact the lives of the seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children in the Washington DC area.  Kerrigan joined by some of his Redskins teammates served horde ours, poured wine and waited on their guests for the night.  It was a quite a spectacle!

London Fletcher signing Karen Amato's football Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

London Fletcher signing Karen Amato’s football
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

The VIP cocktail reception kicked off at 6:30pm followed by an hour of autographs for guests (on their very own Redskins football). Players were happy to pose for photos, sign autographs and joke around with the guests. Kerrigan even teased at one point saying “I know the food will be great but with us as servers, I can’t promise anything” Although Kerrigan was dubious, the athletes actually did a fantastic job – serving dishes on the left and cleaning dishes from the right. Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Adam Gettis, Daryl Tapp, Kirk Cousins, Kedric Golston, Alfred Morris and Logan Paulsen were our celebrity waiters for the night.

The silent auction had plenty of goodies worth bidding on including signed memorabilia along with items such as a Michael Kors watch, gaming consoles, vacation packages and much more.

Around 8pm the dinner portion started. The first course was a delicious Steak House Salad with Balsamic Dressing.  The entrée was a mouthwatering Petite Filet and Twin Lobster Tails served with family style Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and Sautéed Mushrooms.  Dessert was a flourless Chocolate Sin Cake with Fresh Berries, which was so rich and delicious.  Guests definitely had a fantastic dinner served by an interesting group of waiters.

Ryan Kerrigan serving wine to guests Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Ryan Kerrigan serving wine to guests
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

The players kept our wine glasses full of Redskins Reserve Anniversary Wine all while hosting live auctions with Emcee Toby Knapp of Hot 99.5.  Some notable live auction items were a dinner for four with Ryan Kerrigan which auctioned for $5,201 and a London Fletcher signed jersey which auctioned for $3,500!

By the end of the night $108,000 was raised for  Blitz for the Better Foundation.  Kerrigan was noticeably shocked, humbled and thankful for the generosity of his guests.  He expressed his plans to build a Kerrigan’s Korner in some of our local hospitals. Kerrigans Korner will provide patients and their families access to electronics such as IPads, dvds, laptops and more. He aims to launch the first at the Children’s National Hospital this spring.

Last night was a great contribution to this project and I was thankful to attend such a fantastic event.  Professional athletes and guests were equals, just trying to make a difference in the life of a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redskins Reserve Wine Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Redskins Reserve Wine
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Kedric Golston, Doranne Hughes,Logan Paulsen Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Kedric Golston, Doranne Hughes,Logan Paulsen
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Kirk Cousins and Vennessa Ortiz Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Kirk Cousins and Vennessa Ortiz
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Alfred Morris serving Nick Kesaris Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Alfred Morris serving Nick Kesaris
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Toby Knapp live auction of signed London Fletcher jersey Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Toby Knapp live auction of signed London Fletcher jersey
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Jillian Callaway was very excited to have Ryan sign her football Photo Credit:  Vennessa Ortiz

Jillian Callaway was very excited to have Ryan sign her football
Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz

 

 

 

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