Brees headlines fundraising event for Team Luke Hope for Minds Wednesday
Saints veterans are back on Airline Drive in the early stages of offseason workouts, but that didn’t stop quarterback Drew Brees from making a quick detour to provide a big fundraising assist in Lubbock, Texas, Wednesday night.
Brees was the headliner for a dinner event benefiting Team Luke Hope for Minds, a non-profit whose mission is to assist and enrich families of children with brain injuries. A sellout crowd of more than 1,400 was in attendance.
Brees has befriended the family of Luke Siegel, a 12-year-old who was severely injured in a golf cart accident in Lubbock on July 28, 2015. Luke Siegel has grown up a Saints fan, much like his father Tim, an Archbishop Rummel graduate who spent his childhood in New Orleans before spending more than two decades coaching tennis at Texas Tech.
Luke has been the guest of Brees at Saints practices and received a game ball from the team’s win over the Chicago Bears last season.
Wednesday’s event also gave Brees the opportunity to visit with staff at the Lubbock location of Walk-On’s, the Baton Rouge-originated restaurant chain of which Brees is now a partner.
Click here to learn more about Team Luke Hope for Minds.
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…