The Dallas Cowboys Women's Assocation with the help from some of the team's biggest stars helped raise close to $10,000 for the Rich Behm Family Trust Funday Thursday night.
Chopsticks for Cowboys, held at RA Sushi, featured 13 players serving as waiters, hosts, bartenders and sushi makers. The list inlcuded Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten along with, Kyle Kosier, Nick Folk, Mat McBriar, DeAngelo Smith, Doug Free, Pat McQuistan, Montrae Holland, Cory Procter and Bobby Carpenter and former Cowboys lineman Marco Rivera
Behm, a Cowboys' scouting assistant who was paralyzed from the waist down in the tragic practice facility collapse back last month, was in attendance along with his family.
He was released from the hosptal last Friday and had returned to work at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch headquarters this week. This was his first public appearance.
"Rich is an important part of the organization involved in the day-to-day activities of the team," Romo said. "It's not just the players. There are a whole bunch of people who put us in position to win. Coaches, players, front office and all the people behind the scenes that people don't see. We wouldn't be where we are without all of those people and Rich is one of those guys."
RA Sushi donated all the money raised between 6-8 p.m. to the Rich Behm Family Trust. They raised $5,251 in photos, tips and raffle tickets. They were were projected to make just under $5000 in food totals once all the credit receipts were tabulated.
Rich Behm didn't talk to the media. But his wife Michelle said the family was appeciated and greatful.
"It's very overwhelming," Michelle Behm said. "These players are great. They are just ordinary people. They've really helped us out a lot. Whether it's coming out to the hospital to bring meals or something like tonight, they're just really great guys and they've really helped us out through all of this. Tonight was a big night and Rich is doing very well. We're really thankful for everyone who came out to support us."
It was an emotional night for many of the players as well. They have a lot of respect for Behm and what he did for the Cowboys. They also realize it could have easily been any one of them in this situation if they had been in facility during the collapse.
Although many had gone to see Behm in the hospital, this was the first time they had seen him in public in his wheel chair.
"It was a lot of fun," Witten said. "This was the first time that I've seen him since it happened. And it was an emotional night for us. But we're really happy to be able to do this and especially knowing that all the proceeds go right to his family."
Jenny Kosier, the wife of Kyle Kosier, spearheaded the event for the Cowboys Women's Association along with Michelle Witten and Courtney Carpenter. Laurie Phillips, the wife of head coach Wade Phillips who helped found the Dallas Cowboys Women's Association, was in attendance selling raffle tickets.
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Tony signing autographs and serving drinks..