Patriots Hit the Club for Children’s Hospital
A few current and former New England Patriots were spotted at downtown hotspot Royale Boston Nightclub on Saturday night, but not for the reasons you may think. Saturday night was the second annual Zolioke, a celebrity karaoke event hosted by punter Zoltan Mesko.
Former Patriots greats Tedy Bruschi and Matt Light joined current stars Nate Solder and Chandler Jones for a fun-filled night of karaoke with the proceeds benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Zoltan Mesko Foundation.
It’s not surprising to see Mesko in action helping the community. Mesko earned the 2012 Ron Burton Community Service Award along with the Children’s Hospital Champions Award. He credits former Patriots special teams captain Larry Izzo with helping him organize an event like this.
“I can’t say enough about Larry Izzo. He’s the original founder of the idea,” Mesko said. “I’m just piggy-backing. If there was a trademark, I’d be paying a lot of money.”
Though he takes his charity work very seriously, Mesko still knows how to have fun. Here he is warming up for the event on Friday afternoon:
“Something I’m really passionate about is making people happy, making people smile,” he added. ”I feel a very big social responsibility as a professional athlete to give back.”
Mesko wasn’t the only one belting out the tunes. He was joined by Solder, Light and Bruschi for their take on “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band.
The combination of Mesko’s hard work and the success of this year’s event make Zolioke a Boston staple for years to come.