CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A group of Panthers decided to make good use of their time away from the football field Monday night for a charity event.

Kurt Coleman headed the 'Hope for Tomorrow' event which had Cam Newton, Kurt Coleman, Luke Kuechly and other players trading in their jerseys for aprons at Fahrenheit restaurant.

Around 220 guests gathered and were served by Panther players. A silent auction was also featured.

The event's goal was to fundraise for Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation whose mission is to prepare today's youth for tomorrow's challenges.

"What I love most about what this is going to is during the Christmas holidays is (Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation) does a 41 days of hope," Coleman said. The charity finds families in need and assists them with funding.

More than $80,000 was raised, which was $18,000 more than the 2015 event.