Vince Wilfork raised $200,000 Thursday night in the battle against Diabetes. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork is known for making a big impact on the football field each season, but he made an even bigger one Thursday night off of it.

Wilfork held his annual “Draft Day” event last night to raise money for diabetes research and prevention, and according to the veteran raised $200,000 thanks to a sold out standing-room crowd that joined him last night at PiNZ in Milford Massachusetts.

That money will go to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

According to Patch.com Wilfork was ‘overwhelmed’ by the show of support, and told the crowd, ”Every one of you makes this thing special for me.”

Meanwhile the veteran was pleased with seeing two guys being added to New England’s defense. After the Patriots selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower, Wilfork seemed especially excited about having a player like Hightower joining him and the rest of the defense.

“I love that pick,” Wilfork told the Boston Herald. “That’s probably one of the best picks in a long time,’’ Wilfork gushed. “That’s a football player. You got yourself a football player right there. I love it.’’

In the meantime there are some great photos from the event, which can be seen here.