Out of Tragedy Springs Hope

I’m getting ready to jump on a plane again to go to New Orleans.  This time, it’s to attend the Domino Effect concert tomorrow night at the New Orleans Arena.  This tribute to Fats Domino will feature Little Richards, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Wyclef Jean, Junior Brown and a bunch of other great performers. Drew Brees will emcee with comedian Tracy Morgan.  A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit the “Operation Kids: Rebuilding Dreams in New Orleans” campaign.

If you are planning to be in New Orleans and want to be a part of the show (and a great cause), come on by!  You can also watch the show via the web here.

We’re counting on the show to get us closer to our goal of raising $1.8 million for the children of New Orleans.  We still have two projects to complete funding for – New Orleans Outreach and Best Buddies Louisiana – and I’ll blog about those two great organizations in the near future.

One project that is nearly complete is the athletic field at Lusher Charter School.  Lusher is the largest public high school in New Orleans, but it has never had a decent athletic field since moving into their current building after Hurricane Katrina.  Finally, thanks to the generosity of donors like the National Automobile Dealers Association Charitable Foundation, the Allstate Foundation, XanGo and Drew and Brittany Brees themselves, they are close to having a beautiful, new athletic field.  The new sod has been laid, the track is in place, the lights are up, and the fence is built.  The scoreboard and bleachers will be installed in the next few weeks.

The football team is eagerly looking forward to their first game of the upcoming season on September 4. They’ll also dedicate the field that night; I can’t wait to be there! It will be such a great way to kick off a new school year, 4 years after Hurricane Katrina devestated the city.

The Lusher soccer and track teams also look forward to using the field, as well as other schools who will also be given access to the facility. 

Lusher held their senior graduation last week – the first class to complete 4 years there since the storm.  Drew Brees was the commencement speaker.  I congratulate the entire Lusher senior class on their graduation, and wish them much success in the future.  And I applaud the staff, teachers and volunteers at Lusher for all they’ve done to create such a successful and wonderful school.  Well done!

Well, off to New Orleans. Hope to see you there!



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