Saturday, April 14, 2012
Couple bids $100K for day with Tebow
By Michael DiRocco
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- There are a lot of fans who would give anything just to spend a couple of minutes with Tim Tebow.
One couple is willing to spend $100,000 to spend a day with the New York Jets quarterback.
That amount was the winning bid in a live auction during Friday night's gala event that kicked off the Tim Tebow Celebrity Golf Classic, which is a fundraising event for the Tim Tebow Foundation.
The husband and wife, whom the foundation declined to identify, plan to share their day with Tebow with underprivileged children near their home in the Florida Keys.
"It was very humbling, and you don't necessarily feel worthy," Tebow said Saturday after the golf tournament's conclusion at TPC Sawgrass. "That day I feel like I've got to do a few extra things to be special, you know? I've got to try to be a little bit better."
Erik Dellenback, the executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, said there was some initial disbelief when the bid was made, then suspicion -- until he found out who had made the bid. Even though it's a couple that has donated to the Foundation before, Dellenback was still a little confused until they told he and Tebow of their plans.
"They live in a part of town that has a lot of people in need and a lot of people with a lot of wealth, and she felt like bringing Timmy to her town down there would maybe change the town," Dellenback said. "It sounds like she's going to have a little event where she brings over some of the kids who are in need and some of the kids who are pretty deserving.
"I got goose bumps thinking about it because that's what the night was. You thought (the bid) was for one reason -- which you worry (because) you think, 'Why is somebody paying $100,000?' -- and then you found out what their motives are and you're just blown away by how God had moved in the room at the time."
"I think Tim was stunned," Dellenback added. "Then I'm sure he went in his head and thought, 'What am I going to do for a day?' But it's great. Now that he knows what he's going to do, he's so excited to do it."