Athletes to Rebuild Hurricane Katrina-Damaged Homes Saturday, Race Triathlon Sunday
New Orleans, LA (March 17, 2016) – Premier Event Management today announced the selection of Race2Rebuild, the nonprofit endurance sports program supporting disaster recovery, as the Official Charity Partner for the 2016 New Orleans Endurance Festival. Athletes and volunteers will help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina with nonprofit partners St. Bernard Project, Rebuilding Together New Orleans and Team Rubicon on Saturday, April 2. On Sunday, April 3, they will race the New Orleans Endurance Festival’s triathlon, duathlon and aquabike.
“Premier Event Management is proud to be partnering with Race2Rebuild on such a fantastic rebuilding effort right here in the Crescent City,” stated Premier Event Management President and Race Director, Bill Burke. “Hurricane Katrina struck just over 10 years ago and Race2Rebuild will continue the rebuilding efforts during our season opening Endurance Festival set for April 2nd and April 3rd. We are asking our athletes to join the cause, volunteer, raise support and Race2Rebuild!”
Volunteers of all skill levels, including Team Rubicon’s skilled team of military veterans, will assist with multiple rebuilding projects, including the homes of Barbara, a 68 year-old widow from the Little Woods neighborhood of New Orleans and Pamela, a working mother of two who has moved nine times since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in August of 2005.
“A community’s recovery process following a disaster is the ultimate endurance event,” said Race2Rebuild President Sarah Hartmann. “We are truly grateful to Bill Burke and Premier Event Management for selecting Race2Rebuild as the Official Charity Partner for the New Orleans Endurance Festival, and to our rebuilding partners St. Bernard Project and Rebuilding Together New Orleans for providing Race2Rebuild and Team Rubicon volunteers with the opportunity to tangibly change lives and send a message of hope to all of the New Orleans families still struggling to come home that they are not forgotten.”
“We believe that all people deserve to live in a home with dignity,” said Liz McCartney, co-founder of St. Bernard Project. “What we do at SBP is give people their lives back. We could not achieve this without the support of volunteers and donors. Thanks to Race2Rebuild, the New Orleans Endurance Festival and all who deeply care about what it means to be HOME.”
Athletes and volunteers who wish to participate in the Katrina rebuilding projects may sign up online before April 1. Rebuilding volunteers receive safety training, event shirt, nutrition and hydration. Athletes are encouraged to join the R2R Team New Orleans fundraising campaign, powered by More Than Sport. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers on race day from Race2Rebuild sponsors XRCEL, Champion System, blueseventy, TIMEX Sports and more. Register at www.race2rebuild.org/2016-events.
Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities following natural disasters by supporting and participating in rebuilding projects and bringing families home. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Race2Rebuild’s national team of volunteer athletes raise critical private funds and provide hands-on home building to support projects across the country. Race2Rebuild serves as an important frontline advocate to its national rebuilding partners and an essential link to the families whose homes it helps to rebuild. We believe in safe, strong, healthy communities for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at www.race2rebuild.org. Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.
About Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO), a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc. has restored and revitalized more than 1,400 homes over the past 25 years in the New Orleans area. Utilizing volunteer labor, Rebuilding Together New Orleans allows low-income families in communities across the city to live in comfort, safety, and dignity. Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a program of the Preservation Resource Center, an organization devoted to promoting the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.RTNO.org, follow RTNO on Twitter @RT_NewOrleans, on Instagram rebuilding_together_nola and like us on Facebook.
About St. Bernard Project (SBP)
SBP is a non-profit rebuilding organization whose mission is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. SBP started in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina with a handful of volunteers rebuilding one house. Since then, SBP’s nationally recognized rebuilding model has made them the go-to organization for post-disaster response, like tornado-devastated Joplin, MO and Hurricane Sandy-impacted areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, SBP started rebuilding in flood-impacted San Marcos, Texas, and Hurricane Joaquin-impacted Columbia, South Carolina. SBP has rebuilt over 620 homes in New Orleans and over 1,000 homes nationwide. In New Orleans, SBP has over 100 clients on our waiting list who are still waiting to bring their families home. They cannot afford to rebuild without our help. Together we can help bring a family one day closer to home!
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. The disaster response organization offers veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters while regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity. For more about Team Rubicon USA, visit teamrubiconusa.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.