SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – New England Patriots quarterback and Bay Area native Tom Brady helped his high school alma mater cash in during a fundraiser Thursday evening.

The NFL star was the main attraction at San Mateo’s Serra High School during an event to raise money for scholarships.

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Brady graduated from Serra in 1995 after starring on the varsity football team.

He spoke to a jam-packed crowd inside the gym at the all-boys Catholic school.  During the event, a Brady Serra football jersey sold for $20,000.  Brady also made a $100,000 donation.

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Brady spoke just days after the death of his longtime mentor, quarterback coach Tom Martinez. Brady briefly choked up as he mentioned Martinez during his speech.

Serra’s annual Fund a Dream Scholarship Benefit has raised $850,000 in student financial aid since 2005.

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