Defensive end Michael Bennett was performing his signature hip-swiveling sack dance, running back Marshawn Lynch was wearing No. 24, and 12s were getting to know new tight end Jimmy Graham, but the Seahawks weren't playing football at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Instead, Bennett, Lynch, Graham, and plenty more Seahawks players were joining defensive end Cliff Avril at his second annual 'Dining to Make a Difference' event, held this past Monday at Woodinville's Columbia Winery.
Avril and his teammates posed as celebrity waiters, serving up three-course meals to fans on hand who came to support the Cliff Avril Family Foundation, launched by Avril last year to encourage healthy living through nutrition and exercise for youth diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
"It's for a good cause and we're having fun with it," Avril said. "... It just shows the support, the love we have for each other as teammates and as friends, and I appreciate every one of them."
The cause is close to Avril's heart. His grandmother passed from diabetes and he has watched his mother, uncle, and aunties live with the disease. With how prevalent it is in his family, Avril was influenced to join the fight against juvenile diabetes because he has one young son of his own, and another son on the way.
"I just think kids need to get active," Avril said. "It's getting awareness out about getting active and watching what you eat and having fun with it."
Proceeds from his 'Dining to Make a Difference' event, which also included a silent auction, went back to Avril's Family Foundation. For more information, or to donate directly to the cause, head to www.CliffAvrilFamilyFoundation.org.
Proceeds from the evening benefit the Cliff Avril Family Foundation which is dedicated to encouraging healthy living through nutrition and exercise for youth, specifically those diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.