There's no question that Patriots' punter Zoltan Mesko is on the short list of Boston's most interesting athletes. If a life of avoiding gunfire and then emigrating from Romania during the overthrow of a dictator isn't enough, click here or here or here to get a sense of his fun-loving and multi-faceted personality. But maybe most impressive about Mesko's makeup is his genuine enthusiasm for helping others.
And Saturday night he'll have a chance to blend it all together on behalf of a few worthy causes.
For the second straight year Mesko will host "Zolioke" at Boston's Royale Nightclub, welcoming several teammates and a variety of other local celebrities to sing songs/make fools of themselves at a karaoke event to raise funds for a trio of area hospitals. Those beneficiaries will be Hasbro Children's Hospital (in Providence, R.I.), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston's Children's Hospital -- which recently honored Mesko with the Champion Award it gives annually to one Boston athlete who continuously makes a difference in the lives of children.
"The patients and families I’ve visited with over the years," he said, "inspire me every day.”
Mesko is also the most recent recipient of the Ron Burton Community Service Award, which the Patriots give to one player each year for outstanding contribution to the community. A most deserving honoree, Mesko is constantly supporting his teammates' various charitable endeavors -- and Saturday night a number of them will return the favor.
This year's confirmed guests include Jerod Mayo, Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Chandler Jones, Matt Light, and Tedy Bruschi, and there will almost certainly be more on a night that last year included Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the latter of whom delivered a rather, um, interesting rendition of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem."
Those who purchase $250 VIP tickets will have the opportunity to interact with those celebrities while enjoying hors d'euvres from Del Frisco's steakhouse and free drinks from Three Olives Vodka and Samuel Adams. General admission ducats for the three-hour event are $50, and both can be purchased through TicketMaster.
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