Legislators to hold fundraiser for the families of the fallen Louisiana National Guard heroes

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Members of the Louisiana Legislature will kick off Sunday, April 19, 2015, for the second annual Truce for the Troops Bowl in LSU’s Tiger Stadium.  This fundraiser, hosted by the House Special Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs, pits Democrats against Republicans in a flag football game, coached by two New Orleans Saints players, Zach Strief, for Democrats, and Tim Lelito, for Republicans. The event will raise money for the families of the four Louisiana National Guardsmen who recently lost their lives when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in dense fog during a training mission.  Money will be collected through ticket sales, player participation fees and sponsorships.

Rep. Nick Lorusso (R-New Orleans), chairman of the committee and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, stated, “Our hearts and prayers are with the families of Chief Griffin, Chief Strother, Staff Sergeant Bergeron and Staff Sergeant Florich, who leave behind wives and children.  My Democrat and Republican colleagues in the State Legislature are putting aside our political differences to raise money in order to help relieve some of the financial burdens for the families of our fallen heroes.”

Tickets for the game are $50 for adults and $10 for students; children 12 and under are free.  The ticket price includes admission, a behind the scenes LSU football facility tour and a reception following the game.  In addition, there will be a clinic hosted by the LSU Cheerleaders.  Gates open at 2:00 p.m., kick-off is at 4:00 p.m., and the reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

For information regarding sponsoring the event or purchasing tickets, contact Gabrielle Champaign at 504-483-4711 or larep094@legis.la.gov.

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