From flavorful New Orleans cuisine to free-flowing Cabernet Sauvignon, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) will capture the essence of ‘the Big Easy’ at the 3rd Taste of New Orleans Fundraiser, on October 26, 7-10 p.m. at the picturesque Pavilion of Two Sisters at City Park (1 Palm Dr.). Proceeds from the event, co-hosted by TMJF Founder and Philadelphia Eagles Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins and New Orleans Saints Free Safety Jairus Byrd, and emceed by WDSU News anchor Camille Whitworth and sports reporter Fletcher Mackel, will benefit the Foundation’s Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. and other youth development initiatives in New Orleans.
Good times will be had as guests sample tastes from nationally lauded wineries and the City of New Orleans’ top restaurants, as well as collect autographs from current and former NFL players. As the scene spills out onto the Pavilion’s scenic grounds, guests and players will mingle amidst melodies by New Orleans Songbird Robin Barnes and mixes from DJ Flamingeaux. An evening to remember, guests will also partake in raffles and live and silent auctions, taking home prizes such as quintessential New Orleans culinary experiences, autographed sports memorabilia, and luxury vacations.
With the help of fundraisers like Taste of New Orleans, the Foundation has raised more than $150,000 for Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S., providing a leadership curriculum for 300 New Orleans high school students and awarding $72,000 in college scholarships. Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is implemented in partnership with College Track New Orleans, an after-school college preparatory program that works to increase high school graduation, college eligibility, college enrollment and graduation rates in under-resourced communities.