INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Food Truck Friday at the Old National Center set the stage for a fun night for people going to Pat McAfee’s Kokomo benefit comedy show.
“[I will] hopefully have an entertaining night of laughs, and my money goes to help a good cause,” Colts fan Justin Butts said of the event.
“I thought this was a great way to see Pat and also help the community,” McAfee fan Laura Blum said.
McAfee said that after seeing Kokomo neighborhoods get slammed again by tornadoes, he had to do something.
“When the tornadoes and devastation hit the same city and the same places it hit three years ago, the first thing you do is [say] how can I help?” Colts Punter Pat McAfee said.
Because of the punter’s role as part time comedian, he said a benefit show made a lot of sense.
“The idea kind of came for a show, and then I called the people at Live Nation and they were like here’s our theater, do it the Friday after our last preseason game, everything just kind of worked out perfectly,” he said.
He made it happen, even at the hectic beginning of the football season.
“It’s definitely a busy time of year, but getting on stage and entertaining people is something that’s pretty easy to do if you have the right people around you, and I’m lucky to have that,” he said.
He said several businesses and celebrities reached out, asking to be a part of the show.
“That’s kind of the way Indianapolis is or Indiana is,” he said. “When the south side explosion happened, the same type of stuff happened; when one Hoosier is down, we all are,” he said.
That’s an attitude that his fans love.
“I appreciated the fact that he was doing a comedy show to support Kokomo. He gives a lot of money to charity; I think he’s pretty funny. He plays for the Colts who I love, so it kind of added up to a good night,” Butts said.
In a message posted late Friday on social media, the Colts punter announced $150,000 was raised from Friday evening’s event to benefit Kokomo.