Garden Party with Ashley Longshore benefitting the Sideline Pass Scholarship Fund

In 2017, Sideline Pass started a scholarship fund to send an academically excellent, financially challenged young lady from New Orleans to a private high school of her choosing, in the hopes that an outstanding private, primary education would open the doors for scholarships and grants to college. The scholarship recipient must also show a dedication to New Orleans and the desire to give back to the city in her adult, professional life. We’re proud to announce that Gloria is the first Sideline Pass Scholar! She is attending Dominican High School in the hopes of preparing for a career as an OBGYN helping under-served women throughout Greater New Orleans.  Our first fundraiser – a Garden Party with artist Ashley Longshore – was a huge success! Thank you to the incredibly talented – and benevolent – Ashley Longshore for being our guest of honor and donating one of her original works for our auction. Ashley, you are the definition of girl power!!!!   We’re so honored to name you as the first Sideline Pass Woman of the Year! A Huge shout out to Dr. Louis and Janie Glade for allowing us to use their beautiful home – thank you!

 

There were many amazing women behind this endeavor who are still working today to educate and give deserving young ladies a better chance to succeed. The Sideline Pass Scholarship Committee is truly a group of women who are as ambitious and intelligent as they charitable and loving. We have a great team! The Sideline Pass Scholarship Committee: Dr. Kate Sullivan, Tina Marie Wong, Missie Lindsey, Tamica Lee, Reagan Charleston, Fammy Famularo Rodrigue, Shay Melton Randolph, Stephanie Burks, Jessica Macaluso O’Connor, Robin Barnes, Janie Glade, Christina Chapuis, Allison Shapiro and Jen Hale.  Stay tuned for more information about our amazing gala!!!

Hurricane Relief Efforts

New Orleans is no stranger to the devastation of massive hurricanes, and that’s why Sideline Pass was proud to partner with the Better Than Ezra Foundation and the Irving Morris Foundation to raise money and deliver supplies to the victims of this year’s storms in Texas and Florida. A huge shout out to Tsunami for hosting us for dinner! They donated 15% of the tab to our efforts. It was a win/win for everyone who was able to enjoy amazing food and great friends  - plus help out our neighbors in need.. 

 

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Junior Journalism Day

December was a busy month! Sideline Pass joined forces with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation to launch a Junior Journalism program! Our junior writers and photographers enjoyed the unique opportunity of covering Media Day for the R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, with the help of some of the most prestigious professional journalists and photographers in the Greater New Orleans area! Each junior journalist teamed up with one of these professional mentors to photograph and/or interview the players and coaches participating in the R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, which featured the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns versus the Golden Eagles of USM. The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation then featured the work of every junior journalist on its website. Fabulous work ladies! Check out the final product: https://sites.google.com/site/jrjournalismgnosf/

A huge thanks to Sam Joffray at The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, as well as our mentors: Juan Kincaid (Fox 8 Sports Director), Liz Reyes (Fox 8 News Anchor), Sean Fazende (Fox 8 Sports Anchor/Reporter), Doug Mouton (WWL TV Sports Anchor), Tamica Lee (WWL Traffic Reporter), Mike Detillier (WWL Sports Radio Host), Kati Morse (Tulane Athletics), Lauren Cason (New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau), Debbie Grant (VP of Public Relations for Tulane University), Caitlin Piper (The Earhardt Group), Trent Spann (Images by Robert T), Laura Bergerol Photography, Geovanni Velasquez (Black and Geauxld Photography) and Kathy Anderson Photography. Everyone had a wonderful time, and our junior journalists gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Toy Drive and Delivery Day

The New Orleans community’s generosity was once again amazing and humbling! We collected thousands of gifts through our donation sites at One Shell Square, The Rice Mill Lofts, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses, and Stein Mart, in addition to what was collected at the kick-off party. Delivery Day was exciting and long! Our Sideline Pass elves first brought several car loads of toys and gifts to The Haven Women and Children’s Shelter in Houma. We then returned to New Orleans to re-load the sleighs and head to Rain Tree Family Services with gifts for our foster girls, as well as the children Rain Tree services throughout the community. Unbelievably, Rain Tree’s goal is to have ONE gift for every child they service come Christmas time. Through the New Orleans community’s generosity, Sideline Pass could help Rain Tree meet and exceed that goal. We don’t think that one gift per child is enoughJ

Toy Drive Kick Off Party

This year, Sideline Pass kicked off our second annual holiday toy and gift drive with another Thursday Night Football tailgate party in the winter wonderland of Ruth Chris’ patio on Fulton Street! Special guests included Saints players and alums Tom Morstead, Justin Drescher, Will Lutz, Jeff Charleston, Jabari Greer and Fred McAfee. Pelicans players and coaches jumped in on the action as well, including Langston Galloway, Alexis Ajinca, Phil Weber, Robert Pack and Darren Erman. WWL radio’s Mike Detillier was also a special guest. The price of admission - simply the donation of a toy or holiday gift for our foster girls and flood victims at Copper Mill Elementary School in Zachary. We had a packed turnout, as guests filled our sleigh with gifts, enjoyed our Envog Photo Booth courtesy of Daniel Nguyen and visited with the players and coaches. Our emcees for the night kept the party going – thank you WWL TV’s Tamica Lee and Super Fan JJ Robertson! Silent auction items included donations from Reagan Charleston Fine Jewelry, The Boulder Lounge (Kelsey Confreda), Better Than Ezra (Delery Cook), New Orleans Fashion Week (Tracee Dundas) and the Optimum Cut and Blow Dry from Biba Isla Salon (Biba Isla). Thank you so much ladies for your generosity!

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