Youkilis to host Not Your Average Idol benefit

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Boston Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis will host an all-star lineup of celebrities from the music, comedians and athletes on Thursday night to raise funds as he launches his newest initiative, Athletes for Heroes. The “Not Your Average Idol” will take place on Thursday night at the State Room in Boston and will feature Chester Bennington from Linkin’ Park, the Dropkick Murphys, Jordan Knight, from New Kids On The Block, Entrain, Ayla Brown, Lenny Clarke, Mike O’Malley, AHMIR, John Stevens, Tony V., The Goonies and more for an evening of entertainment.

In addition to the performances, the event will feature a silent and live auction as well as food tastings from many of Boston’s top restaurants, including Avila, Big Papi’s Grille, Blue Ginger, Davio’s, Eastern Standard, The Fireplace, Toro, Island Creek Oysters and more.

Athletes for Heroes will support the unmet needs of children who have had a parent killed or severely injured in the line of duty. The program will be supported by other local athletes include Ray Allen, Wes Welker, Shawn Thornton and Taylor Twellman. Tickets for intimate event, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., are $250 and can be purchased here.

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