INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8,2015)--Peyton Manning was in Indianapolis Friday evening for the 8th annual Celebration of Caring Gala. Although Manning is no longer with the Colts, he is still committed to giving back to the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.
"I've always said this about this community here in Indianapolis--they really step up for causes that are important," said Manning.
The event has raised more than $7 million over the years. Friday, Manning launched a new $8 million capital campaign to fund the St. Vincent House. The new facility will provide a place for families to stay while their child is receiving long-term hospital care or NICU treatment. The St. Vincent house will accommodate those who live 30 miles or more away from Indianapolis.
"I’m really just proud of this relationship with the hospital that’s going on 17 years now," said Manning.
"We look at Peyton as a member of our senior leadership team.He brings a huge level of dedication to St. Vincent and the hospital," said Jonathan Nalli, CEO of St. Vincent.
"I think it's great that he stays connected to the community," said Allison Hanselman, a gala attendee.
Thursday, quarterback Tom Brady dodged questions about the recent "Deflategate" report indicating that it was probable the Patriots knew what was going on with the footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Colts.
"I dealt with this three months ago, before the Super Bowl. I've dealt with a lot of adversity over the course of my career and my life. I’m so very fortunate to have so many people who love me and support me," said Brady.
Manning didn't add too much to the discussion when asked about "Deflategate."
"I will speak it as slowly and clearly as I can, he’s my friend, he [Brady] will always be my friend. I don’t know what happened. I don’t have much more than that," said Manning.