Stars come out to support Tim Tebow's kids
Tebow Foundation has raised $7 million in 5 years
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Celebrities from around the country gathered in Sawgrass on Friday night to celebrate the 7th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic.
The Nease High School and University of Florida legend walked down the red carpet with other athletes, entertainers and reality TV stars to celebrate the group's success: raising more than $7 million in just five years to help children with disabilities, the homeless and those facing medical difficulties.
Saturday morning, many of the same celebrities will tee off at TPC Sawgrass to continue raising money to bring faith, hope and love to people in their darkest times.
"For me, it's just kind of trying to focus on what really matters, because it's so easy in life to get caught up in so many different things, but what really matters is the lives we get to change," Tebow said.
While there may have been bigger celebrities in the room, it was Tebow's giving spirit that influenced everyone to be there.
"It makes me very excited to be around people who want to help other people," said singer Jordin Sparks. "Tim's got one of the biggest hearts of anyone that I have ever met."
"He inspires me as a person and he makes me want to do better," said retired Major League outfielder Gary Sheffield.
"The money we raise here ... and I'm not being bombastic -- saves and changes lives," said NFL Network host Scott Hanson.
"He's just a genuine person and he does things with conviction that you have to admire," said Marcus Allen, a CBS football analyst and former NFL player.
"We tried to help people all over the world and Tim has the heart for that and is doing it, so we just have to support each other," said Willie Robertson, of the "Duck Dynasty" cast.
"You can't even compare what he's ever done on the football field or baseball field to the lives he's changed," said former NFL player Shawn Merriman.
ESPN's Scott Van Pelt doesn't know why he was picked to head up the charity auction, but he's glad to help.
"I don't know how or why he decided I would be a good auctioneer," Van Pelt said. "I'm not trained in the art. ... I just try to steal people's money. I'm Robin Hood. I'm robbing from the rich and giving to Tim."
For Tebow, none of it is about him. It's all for the children.
"This foundation is all about trying to bring people together to love on kids, to love on orphans, love on kids with special needs, and help as many people as possible," Tebow said. "I really feel like that's my biggest calling ... to try to spread as much love as I possibly can."
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