Innovative partnership to help Hornets make deeper impact in Gulf South

April 13, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they will partner with United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) to make a deeper impact on the Gulf South through their three community pillars: Health and Fitness, Education and Environmental Responsibility . The Hornets will host a press conference regarding the partnership today, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena prior to tip-off against the Utah Jazz.

As a part of the announcement, United Way Night at the Hive will take place on Sunday, April 15, at the Hornets game against Memphis and will include fundraising efforts to benefit United Ways community programs.

The partnership includes volunteer projects with the Hornets and United Way staff and unique social media promotions so that the Hornets and United Way can communicate the great impact they both have in the community.

UWSELA supports 137 health and human service programs of 98 nonprofit agencies serving residents of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.

"United Ways vision, and initiatives are aligned with the Hornets pillars, specifically focusing on Education and Health and Wellness, which are also aligned with the needs of the New Orleans area," said Hornets President Hugh Weber. "Working with United Way will allow us to increase our reach across the Gulf South and deepen the roots of ours, as well as measure our impact. This is an innovative partnership and were excited about maximizing its potential to do great work in the Gulf Region."

"United Way, works to strengthen children and youth, the elderly, families and individuals from all walks of life," said Michael Williamson, Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana. "This unique partnership with the Hornets will develop mutually beneficial programs, projects and activities for the communities which we are both committed to serve."

In addition to providing an avenue for the Hornets to have a deeper impact with community programs, United Way and the Hornets will work together to manage funds raised at the Hornets Top Hats High Tops Gala, and funding for ticket donations and additional community initiatives.

UWSELA works to ensure quality health and human services for the citizens of southeast Louisiana and assesses the success of programs based on the achievement of pre-defined outcomes.

UWSELA-funded programs in calendar year 2010 that addressed priorities such as housing, medical and mental health care, child and adult care and academic supports served area residents almost 500,000 times.

Media interested in covering the press conference should contact Lindsey Mitchell at 504.390.5116 or

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