Philanthropic Fun: Away With ALS

The Team Gleason Foundation gathered a crowd in Champions Square for a party that pays it forward.
Sam Panice, Katherine Denman, Co-Chair Suzanne Alford and Chris Casey

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

 

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