Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium

Please join us to celebrate our city’s historic recreation system and toast gifted individuals and volunteers who developed their extraordinary talents in NORD’s playgrounds and recreation centers. 

Our Honorees

Legacy Tribute Award: NORD football alumnus and Grammy-Award winning musician and composer Branford Marsalis for professional achievement and philanthropic generosity as co-founder of the Musicians Village and Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (Photo: Palma Kolansky)

Unsung Heroes: The Volunteer Coaches of Harrell University for their selfless commitment to youth

Wall of Fame Distinction: NORD Co-Founders Johnny Brechtel and Morris F.X. Jeff, in memoriam

A City of New Orleans Tricentennial Event

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One ticket to the Patron Party

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One ticket to the Gala

Name inclusion in event program


One ticket to the Gala

Above, NORD Foundation Legacy Tribute Recipient Peyton Manning joined NORD's kids and the Tulane University Athletic Staff on the Yulman Stadium field during the CHAMPIONS Gala.

Benefitting the NORD Foundation and NORD, this informal, energetic celebration highlighted NORD’s phenomenal progress since the establishment of the public-private partnership in 2010, its first-class facilities and growing array of programs.


The program recognized individuals and business leaders who have made significant investments to improve NORD and those from NORD who have made significant contributions in their areas of professional expertise and community endeavors. NORD presented samplings of its wide range of athletic, youth, teens, seniors, swimming, outdoors and cultural programs on the field and in the Glazer Family Club throughout the evening. Scroll down to see the list of honorees. 

Proceeds from the gala underwrote free summer camps for over 1,000 youth from low-income families, who enjoyed a safe, educational and FUN summer of 2017.

Below, watch the video tribute to our Unsung Hero Award Recipient, Jerome Smith.

Jerome Smith, Unsung Hero Award Recipient 

2017 Champions Gala Honorees

Peyton Manning - Legacy Tribute Recipient

Recognizing professional excellence and personal philanthropy

Jerome Smith - Unsung Hero Award

An exceptional, long-time volunteer within the NORD system who has demonstrated selfless commitment to youth

Wall of Fame

Acknowledging people and companies who have made major commitments to revive a historic recreation system and improve the quality of life in New Orleans: 

City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Former Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin

Recreation Citizens Advisory Panel   

Arnie Fielkow

Bobby Garon

Roy Glapion

Rod West

Consistent, Major Supporters

Boh Brothers Centennial Fund



First NBC Bank

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