Philanthropic Fun: Away With ALS
The Team Gleason Foundation gathered a crowd in Champions Square for a party that pays it forward.
Over 3,500 partygoers filled Champions Square for a fun-filled “Gleason Gras” presented by Dave and Buster’s and the Kavanagh Family Foundation.
The festivities raised more than $335,000 for the Team Gleason Foundation, which aims to empower people living with ALS by providing innovative technology, custom voices, equipment, assistance and more to provide added purpose and independence.
New this year was the Saints Fantennial – Celebrating the NFL 100, which featured appearances by Saints players, Gumbo, Sir Saint and the Saintsations. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic presented a two-mile Fun Run/Walk around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There was also a super fan costume and spirit contest.
A wide selection of food trucks offered cuisine from Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Katie’s, Mr. John’s Steakhouse, Jack Rose, Johnny Sanchez, Drago’s, Zea Rotisserie & Bar, Fulton Alley/Copper Vine, Nagomi, NOLA Restaurant, Dab’s, Diva Dawg, Frencheeze, Afrodisiac, NOLA Boils and Kona Ice. Additionally, partygoers could enjoy libations in the beer garden.
The Permobil Tent was available specifically for individuals with ALS. A kids area offered games by Dave & Buster’s, face painting and crafts.
Dumpstaphunk, DJ Jubilee, Hot 8 Brass Band and Paul Varisco and the Milestones took to the stage for performances throughout the party.
The live auction highlights included an “NCIS: New Orleans Experience,” a Taysom Hill-signed Salute to Service game used football, Gleason Reebok Saints-issued jersey signed by Steve Gleason and Drew Brees, artwork by Ashley Longshore and a signed game-used football by Michael Thomas.
Event Chairs were Suzanne Alford and Sally Cox.
Event at a Glance
What: “Gleason Gras,” benefiting Team Gleason
When: Saturday, September 28
Where: Champions Square
Tom Capella, Will Clapp, Co-Chair Sally Cox and Blair Casey
Paul Varisco Jr., Steve Gleason and Thomas McEachin
Thomas and Lauren Morstead
Vinne and Julie Varisco with Leslie and Lenny Culicchia
Jill and Paul Varisco