The coronavirus pandemic has caused multiple events to be cancelled or postponed during the last few months. But several well-known fundraising events are still planning to take place, although in different ways.
L’Arche Football Preview
The DEX imaging L’Arche Football Preview is occurring for the 26th year on Thursday, May 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. However, organizers will adhere to social distancing requirements by making it a virtual presentation.
“This year we will be hosting a virtual dinner due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marty O’Malley, executive director of L’Arche Mobile since 1980. “People will be able to log in to the website that we will be hosting as a way to give all our friends and benefactors a diversion to all that everyone is presently experiencing. This will be free of charge.”
Hackbarth Delivery Service, Media Services, Heritage Homes, Dr. and Mrs. Mike (Toni) Ledet, Cottage Hill Civitan, The Pelican Group along with Bob and Terry Barnett are helping to sponsor the broadcast.
O’Malley said speakers will be doing a five to 10 minute video on questions about football and leadership in today’s world. At this time the list includes: Dave Aranda, Baylor University head coach; Todd Blackledge, ESPN; Steve Campbell, University of South Alabama head coach; Rece Davis, ESPN; Brent Dearmon, University of Kansas offensive coordinator; Kevin Elko, sports psychologist; Clay Helton, University of Southern California head coach; Mike Leach, Mississippi State University head coach; Ivan Maisel, ESPN; Gus Malzahn, Auburn University head coach; Chuck Oliver, Southern Sports Today; Jeremy Pruitt, University of Tennessee head coach; Nick Saban, University of Alabama head coach; Phil Savage, New York Jets senior football advisor; Willie Slater, Tuskegee University head coach; and Kirby Smart, University of Georgia head coach.
L’Arche Mobile is a community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. The two major fundraisers each year are this football banquet and The ServisFirst Bank Mobile Marathon presented by Infirmary Health each January.
The videos can be viewed at youtu.be/h1lEyffzRMU. For more information, contact O’Malley at 251-438-2094 or email@example.com.
UM Scholarship Banquet
University of Mobile (UM) organizers, on the other hand, have announced that their 15th annual Scholarship Banquet will take place as scheduled at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile.
“We are set for the University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet to be held September 29,” Assistant Vice President for University Communications Kathy Dean told Lagniappe.
Football legend Archie Manning will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are on sale now.
“We are excited about bringing Archie Manning to Mobile and hearing from a man who, in addition to compiling an outstanding football legacy, has an inspiring legacy as a father and humanitarian. We anticipate that tickets will go quickly,” said Brian Boyle, executive director for the University of Mobile Foundation.
General admission tickets are $150 and may be purchased at umobile.edu/banquet, or by contacting the Office for Advancement at 251-442-2587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorships start at $1,500. Higher-level sponsorships include an opportunity to meet Manning during a VIP reception prior to the banquet, with priority seating at the event.
Manning was an All-American quarterback at Ole Miss. In 1971, the New Orleans Saints made Manning their No. 1 draft choice. During his 14-year NFL career, he set most Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was the NFC’s most valuable player in 1978. He is a member of several halls of fame, including the National Football Foundation & College, the Mississippi and the Louisiana. He was honored by the American Football Coaches Association and was just recently named to the “Top 150 All-Time College Players,” coming in at No. 50.
As a player, Manning won numerous humanitarian awards and was named one of 10 outstanding Americans by the U.S. Jaycees. He was named Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council and received one of the highest honors in football, the Gold Medal Award, presented by the National Football Foundation.
He currently serves in a public relations and consulting capacity for several local, regional and national companies. He serves on countless charity and civic boards, primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The UM Scholarship Banquet brings speakers of national prominence to the Mobile area while raising scholarships for UM students. Previous UM Scholarship Banquet speakers included Hobby Lobby founder David Green, Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney, neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Col. Oliver North, presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, and U.S. Senator and Georgia Gov. Zell Miller.
Triathlon pushed back
It has just been announced that another event will not take place at its original time because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mobile Baykeeper has said it is tentatively moving the 16th annual Publix Grandman Triathlon, originally scheduled for this month, to September 26.
“In the interest of healthy communities, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Publix Grandman Triathlon and the Jubilee Kids Triathlon until the fall,” according to the Mobile Baykeeper website. “We are still waiting for the city of Fairhope to confirm a new date and will update you as soon as possible. We will extend the discount for early registration and update the packet pickup schedule as soon as possible. We also hope to host a virtual race around the Grandman weekend, so stay tuned for that as well.”
The triathlon is the largest fundraiser of the year for Mobile Baykeeper, which depends on the race to gather resources in order to continue testing the water quality of local rivers, educating students on the importance of watersheds and monitoring industrial projects. To get the latest race information, visit thegrandman.com.
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