It’s hard not to have fun when wine’s involved.
So it came as no surprise Wednesday night that Uncork for a Cause, a charity event hosted by wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, brought a great turnout for a great reason.
“It’s Uncorked for a Cause, and the cause we picked was Judi’s House,” Decker said. “It’s a pretty neat deal. I think a lot of times you get the kind of cookie-cutter charity events. This one involves wine. We (Decker and Thomas) both have a wine with Judi’s House on the label. It’s pretty neat. The biggest thing is Judi’s House is for kids that have been through losing a parent or sibling due to cancer. It’s a way for them to cope with their emotions and figure out how to move on in a positive way. They do an amazing job with helping so many people in Denver, and we wanted to contribute.”
As Decker mentioned, the mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving the death of a loved one find hope and healing. The idea behind the program, founded by former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese and his wife, Dr. Brook Griese, is to create a community in which no child feels alone in grief.
Decker and Thomas spent their Tuesday, the players’ day off, touring the Judi’s House facility with Griese.
“It was so inspirational to see what they do,” Decker said. “It was a unique opportunity.”
The center of the evening’s event was the release of the Judi’s House 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a red wine from Sonoma County, Calif. Decker and Thomas had their own labels on the bottles, featuring their likenesses.
“It’s a delicate, 2010 cabernet,” Decker smiled when asked if he had tasted the wine. “It’s very good.”
The event was held at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Denver, and guests were able to enjoy a menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Simon Purvis.
A silent auction featuring memorabilia from the Broncos and across the sports world also helped with fundraising for Judi’s House.
“Just to be able to give back to kids and their families, anyone that’s lost someone, and to be able to do it with a teammate, I think it’s a great thing,” Thomas said.
Decker and Thomas said they hope to make the event an annual tradition.
“We want to build off it and just keep making it bigger and better and have more fun with it,” Decker said.
After all, even giving to charity is a little more fun with some wine.
“It’s something cool while giving back,” Thomas said. “It’s all for a good cause.”