Surprise! Biz Markie performs at Redskins charity fundraiser (VIDEO)


Rapper Biz Markie, known for his hit "Just a Friend," surprised guests with a performance Thursday night at a charity event hosted by Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon. (JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)

Celeb: Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garçon

Cause: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Niles Paul, Pierre Garcon, Mayor Vincent Gray and Kirk Cousins


Scene: An “all white clothing” party on the rooftop of The Millennium Building. For $200 per ticket, guests could mix, mingle, take selfies and eat bacon flavored cotton candy with the Redskins players. “We try to go to everyone’s event. We’re really tight like that,” says linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The Redskins who came to support Garcon included: Head coach Jay Gruden, running backs coach Randy Jordan, Orakpo, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Kerrigan, Kai Forbath, Adam Gettis, Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, Kory Lichtensteiger, Colt McCoy and Zach Hocker. Non-football support came from the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Miss District of Columbia Teen Dominick Fink. Who was missing? RGIII. He was fitted for a white tux earlier in the week, but didn’t make it to the event. Word on the rooftop was that the QB was home sick. 

After another round of photos, Garçon took the stage to start the live auction, selling tickets to a Nationals game for $1,000. Coach Gruden practiced his auctioneer’s call to sell a “Redskins Experience,” which included a trip to Richmond and two tickets to a game, for $2,100. Cousins joined Garçon on stage to sell a spot in a Paisano’s Pizza commercial for $3,500. And for $5,000, Orakpo auctioned off an 18-person dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab following a Redskins game

Garçon ended his thank you speech with a surprise performance by Biz Markie.  The rapper led the crowd sing-along to his 1989 hit “Just a Friend” then exited the stage just as quickly as he appeared.

“If it was only going to be one song, it had to be that one,” said Garçon

Veronica Toney is a features digital editor and writer at The Washington Post.
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