Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation Raises Awareness and Spirits
Skylene Montgomery and Sean Payton
Photographed by Melissa Calico
Without a doubt, the “Black and Gold Gala” was the event of this football season. Organized by Karen Hegman and the “Black and Gold” Committee, the black-tie red carpet event sold out and raised millions for Saints Head Coach Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation. Founded in 2008, Sean Payton’s personal philanthropy organization raises funds and awareness for groups working with families and children in the areas of health, education and social welfare. The star-studded evening graced by Jon Gruden, NFL analyst for ESPN and Master of Ceremonies, honorary chair John Besh and country star Kenney Chesney, included music, dancing, fun and food.
A VIP party at Bunker Lounge preceded the gala, and Ochsner Health Center shone as the major sponsor of the evening. Kenney Chesney performed following a seated dinner, and a spirited auction included many choice items, including a decked-out tailgate trailer, an ESPN package to an away game in Seattle and a trip to the FOX Sports headquarters, along with lunch and a meet-and-greet with FOX Sports analysts and commentators.
Event at a Glance
What: Third annual “Black and Gold Gala,” benefiting Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation
When: Saturday, September 28
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome