Brady, Gronkowski help put on a show at Amendola's Celebrity Waiter Night

Brady, Gronkowski help put on a show at Amendola's Celebrity Waiter Night

BOSTON -- Just before Danny Amendola led his teammates into the dining area of Towne Stove and Spirits for his annual Celebrity Waiter Night, he was asked for a scouting report on one of his teammate's capabilities as a server.

"Probably wine everywhere," Amendola said matter-of-factly, referring to tight end Rob Gronkowski. 

At least the meals won't be spiked, though, right?

"I can't promise that," Amendola answered. "But I told him to behave tonight."

Moments later, Amendola and several of his teammates kicked off the event -- Amendola's third Celebrity Waiter Night in Boston -- by signing autographs, taking pictures, and helping to auction off some in-demand items. In all, $210,00 was raised for Amendola's Catches for Kids Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of low-income children and families in need. 

"The most rewarding part is just to see the kids' faces when they get to meet my teammates or come to training camp, or we go to Walmart and get them supplies and things like that," Amendola said. "It's rewarding to meet the kids and to know that we can actually help them. It's fun."

Amendola and Gronkowski were joined by teammates Tom Brady, Julian Edelman (who went without the walking boot he's been seen wearing since undergoing offseason foot surgery), Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Chris Hogan, Chris Long, Brandon Bolden, Ryan Allen, Chris Harper and Joe Vellano.

Brady took an active role in helping to auction off two signed jerseys for over $4,000 as the winners also received signed footballs thrown to them from across the room by the Patriots quarterback. When one winner dropped his, Brady sent Gronkowski over for an impromptu receiving lesson.

Amendola was at Brady's Best Buddies Football Challenge earlier this month, and he also participates in Long's Waterboys Initiative. He explained that it's no surprise to see so many teammates show up for events like his on Monday.

"We do a lot for each other, whether it be on the football field or whether it be in Boston and giving back to each other's foundations," he said. "We love to support all we can. That's ultimately why we play." 

He added: "We're really good friends. We spend so much time together, and we love one another. We're family members. To support them and to give back to their foundations, what they love to do is important just as it is to workout out together and try to play good football. To give back to the community and be a staple in the community has always been our No. 1 goal. That's why we're here."

For more about Amendola's Catches for Kids Foundation, you can visit dannyamendola.org.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.