The Thrive Network Honors Athletes, Humanitarians at Fundraiser

The Thrive Network held a fundraiser Wednesday evening honoring high-profile humanitarians, presenting the People Who THRIVE Award for their involvement with various charitable organizations and commitment to serving their communities. The honorees included NFL Punter and Super Bowl Champion Steve Weatherford, NFL Quarterback and sports analyst Tim Tebow, and former New York Knicks Guard Trent Tucker. They were joined by Managing Director of Merchants Hospitality Adam Hochfelder and Public Advocate for the City of New York Letitia James.

“The cocktail fundraiser was an amazing opportunity to recognize five incredible community leaders while generating awareness for our programs and services,” said Charles A. Archer, CEO of The THRIVE Network in a release. “I truly believe that this awareness and momentum will continue with our success in helping those in need.”

The Brooklyn-based organization, whose goal is to offer programs and services to individuals to help them reach their full potential, has been offering among other services, full-time residential programs, community outreach, child education, behavioral health services and employment to family support programs for almost 20 years.

The presence of the individuals being honored was a tribute to the foundation’s reputation, as continued admiration was given to their work throughout the evening. Weatherford, who no longer plays in the city of New York but has worked much of his career to positively impact the area explained why organizations such as this are so important in the city, as well as his own motivation for giving back.

“I’ve always wanted my legacy to be about something bigger than football, a longer lasting legacy,” he said. “I take pride in people knowing who I am, not what I do. I’m very excited and very proud to be honored here tonight, because that’s what the Thrive foundation is all about — it’s helping people along their life’s journey to be the best person they can be.”