Redskins WR Pierre Garcon hosted his 3rd annual White Party to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington at the Millennium Building in Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2015.
To raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, wide receiver Pierre Garçon on Thursday held his third annual All-White Charity Event in Washington, D.C.
When Pierre Garçon began to form a charity party to honor the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, he wanted it to be something different, not just "another regular charity event."
So he made the dress code all-white and made sure teammates, coaches and friends came to support him and his cause.
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"**The guys like [the white], I think the girls love it even more," Garçon said on the red carpet Thursday night. "I think everybody enjoys it and it's definitely nice to see everybody dressed up."
Held at the Millennium Building in downtown Washington, D.C., the third annual event boasted numerous Redskins players and coaches in attendance, including everyone from rookies to veterans to coordinators to assistants.
It also saw a few other celebrities come through for support, including NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith, who is also a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
"It's great to have the guys come out. It's amazing to have support from your peers and teammates, your community peers. It's definitely a good feeling," Garçon said.
The veteran wide receiver said he once leaned on an organization similar to the Boys & Girls Club.
"It's definitely a good place for all of the youth to go to," he said. "When I was younger we went to somewhere similar. It was our church. After school we went there, spent time doing home work, playing sports with our friends, just staying out of trouble and enjoyed growing up. The Boys & Girls Club was in danger of closing its doors so we're happy we were able to raise the money to keep the doors open and definitely that helps our community in D.C. that supports us on the field on Sundays."
The night featured live and silent auctions to further boost the proceeds and many guests posed for photos while enjoying drinks and appetizers before the party moved into an adjacent room for dancing.
Last year's event raised $100,000, and Garçon is expecting to top that figure this year.
And while some players relished the opportunity to dress up – running back Trey Williams and offensive lineman Trent Williams wore suits with gold accents – others were also glad to be supporting an important cause with their teammates.
"I'm not the biggest fan of getting dressed up and getting ready for things," linebacker Trent Murphy admitted, but with a smile.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who wore a burgundy bow tie to complement his all-white suit, said he only takes his out of the closet one day a year — for Garçon's all-white charity event.
"Pierre's doing great things," Griffin III said. "A lot of this stuff doesn't get highlighted enough. You hear the negative stories about what players are doing but you don't get to really get a good grasp of what they're doing in the community, and Pierre's one of those guys that's doing a good job."