Charity gala to honor Saints players

FOX 8 News received this press release from the media firm BG Sports Thursday evening:


Roman Harper, Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Jahri Evans, Malcolm Jenkins, Jermon Bushrod, Courtney Roby and Darren Sharper


(New Orleans, LA) On Friday, December 14th, New Orleans Saints players Roman Harper, Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Jahri Evans, Malcolm Jenkins, Jermon Bushrod, Courtney Roby and former teammate and NFL correspondent Darren Sharper are being honored at the 2nd Annual Hope for the Holidays Gala presented by Cox Oil at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

The charity Gala being held by United Way of Southeast Louisiana, IrvingMorris and Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation will be emceed by both TV personality and former NBA champion, John Salley; and Film and TV actress, from One Tree Hill, Shantel VanSanten. The evening will include entertainment by Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys and featuring Truth Records recording artist DeAndre Brakensick. Others in attendance will include Film and TV actor Taye Diggs and additional New Orleans Saints players including Chris Ivory, Joe Morgan, Johnny Patrick and many more.

The Gala raises funds through United Way of Southeast Louisiana for families still displaced by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Issac. Each player being honored has funded the rebuild of a family's home. Over the past 3 years the Hope for the Holidays campaign has been responsible for rebuilding the homes of 14 families. The Gala, which honors all ten of the Saints players listed, is an opportunity to raise even more funds to support additional families.

Tickets are still available to attend the Hope for the Holidays Gala on line at or those that wish to support can also make a donation on the website.


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Ave,, New Orleans, LA 70113

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About Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays supports the NO Place Like Home (NPLH) initiative, which began in 2010 as an online engagement campaign to encourage donors from across the country to invest in the rebuilding of New Orleans, in partnership with United Way Worldwide. Now, NO Place Like Home is United Way of Southeast Louisiana's Rebuilding Initiative, coordinating the return of families to safe, secure, and functional housing through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, donors, companies, groups and government entities.