Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Saints will raffle off team superbowl ring to help victims of oil spill

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced on Fox News this morning that the Saints will raffle off an authentic superbowl ring to raise money for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  WWLTV has more:
For four months now, fans of the Saints have wondered what the team’s Super Bowl rings look like.

Now they’ll get a chance to own one themselves.

The team announced Tuesday during a visit to areas affected by the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that it will hold a raffle for a chance to win one of the rings. Proceeds will go to help coastal renewal and the areas hard hit by the continuous onslaught of the sludge.

Ever since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the Saints have taken on a leadership role in community activism, holding charity events one after another to help victims of various calamities in the region.

Now they’re stepping up again.

The Saints originally were supposed to visit Governor Bobby Jindal at the Governor’s mansion on Tuesday for a luncheon to honor their Super Bowl 44 win.

But this weekend, the team decided instead to help pick up the spirits of those most affected by the gusher in the Gulf.

The team toured Fort Jackson, where animals covered in the weathered crude are being cleaned and nursed back to health. They also held a brief ceremony where team owner Tom Benson, his granddaughter Rita Benson-LeBlanc, Head Coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and running back Reggie Bush spoke.

It was Brees, however, who delivered the news.

Over the next few months, the team will raffle off one of the rings. Tickets are $2 with a minimum ticket order being $10, Brees said. The winner will be announced prior to the team’s Sept. 9 home opener against Minnesota.

The website to purchase tickets will be www.saintsgulfcoastrenewal.org, according to Brees.
Brees told Fox News the web site should be up and running sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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