Jarvis Green Foundation launches annual Wine Tasting Gala

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – The Jarvis Green Foundation’s wine tasting gala, which benefits disadvantaged single mothers in low income areas will be held at the Cook Hotel/Lod Cook Alumni Center on May 27 from 7-11 p.m.

The event will feature a live band, gourmet dining, fine wines, a raffle and a silent auction.

“As athletes we need to think twice about the decisions we make to help the community,”?Green said. “So many people invest time in helping to develop an athlete and support that person. So the least we [athletes] can do is give back. You paying forward is giving back what’s been invested in you.”

Patrons will enjoy various wine pairings from Treasury Wine Estates while sampling international and southern cuisine catered by Unique Cuisine from the Lod Cook Center.

In addition, live music will be provided by the Rat Pack Band featuring Liza Minnelli, jokes by comedian D’lai and other performances such as X-tremetalent caricature, Elvis Statue and Jester Juggler.

A former two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, and current member of the Houston Texans, Green will be joined by former LSU?and NFL players and coaches, such as Corey Webster, Bradie James, Kyle Williams, Randall Gay, Alan Faneca, Kevin Faulk, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, former All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson, Texans second-round pick Brandon Harris; celebrities, Kalenna of Diddy Dirty Money, R&B  songstress Stefani Vera and Jason Hewitt, film producer, and local business executives.

Growing up in a two-parent household, Green came to appreciate the strength and sacrifice many single mothers make as he saw through his friends’ experiences.

Green’s foundation selected its first recipient in 2005, Michelle Jefferson, a New Orleans native who lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. On behalf of the foundation, Green flew her to New York to appear on the Montel Williams Show and surprised her with much-needed financial assistance among other gifts.

The surprises didn’t stop there as Green surprised her on Jim Rome’s ESPN show to shower her with more gifts and support.

Tickets can be purchased through the foundation’s Web site and auction items can be viewed here.  

Sponsors for the event include First Millennium Construction, Walton Core Construction, Clear Channel Baton Rouge, Real Sports Fundraising, The Pretzel Twister, Treasury Wine Estates, Patron Tequila and Ultimat Vodka.

For more information, go to the Twitter page @JGBayousFinest, using hashtag #JGreenTasting.