This week at the downtown hotspot The DL, hundreds of guests gathered for an epic night of fundraising. Attendees came out to support Takeo Spikes’ Behind The Mask Book Charity Tour to benefit to Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund.
“The reason I partnered with Tutan Reyes and Beyond the Boroughs is that he does a fabulous job being able to work with kids who are willing to go to school, but are not able,” said Spikes. “I wanted to come in and help him generate funds. I came to his first event back in 2007 when he started. I loved what he was doing then and what he continues to do today.”
During the evening Harry Carson spoke to the crowd about the true importance of the night. The Pro Football Hall of Fame legend of the game is featured in the book for his career as the “Captain” with The Giants. Guests also enjoyed a champagne celebration in honor of Spike’s $10,000 donation to Beyond the Boroughs.
Other distinguished guests at the event included Michael Strahan, Nate Burleson, Antonio Pierce, Tony Richardson, Plaxico Burress, Carlos Emmons, Deon Grant, Tutan Reyes, JT Thomas, Damon Harrison, and Chris Canty.
The divine publication is taking the sports world by storm due to the work of the creative artist who went from the man on field to the eye behind the lens.
“So many people come up to me and ask all the time what did you do to attain this? How do you become great? I wanted to document my life story from my football career on how I did I certain things,” said the photographer. “But, then I took it a step further. I wanted to bring other Hall of Fame linebackers in and share their story and their moment of greatness. It took me two years to complete this. I am very honored and humbled that each guy allowed me to come in and spend a day with them out of their lives.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation, which creates college scholarship opportunities for students with a primary focus on first generation collegians. Founded by former NFL offensive lineman Tutan Reyes, whose life was transformed by the college scholarship he received, the Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund awards four-year scholarships to students across the country.
Photo Credit: Donovan McDaniel