Past Events

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Fundraisers are the heart and soul of We Heart Veterans. It is because of the generosity of our friends and family we are able to provide home care services to those in need. Having fun while making the difference in a deserving Veteran’s life is a bonus!

2019 Past Events

October 5, 2019 – We Heart Veterans’ Annual Fishing Rodeo

Date: October 5, 2019
Location: Art & Vicki’s The Dock / 118 Harbor View Ct. Slidell, LA

This year we were honored to have several boats sponsor a veteran to participate in our Fishing Rodeo!

The 2019 recipient of Captain John Rogers Veteran of the Year Award, was Secretary Joey Strickland.

May 18, 2019 – Sweat for Vets

Sweat for Veterans is Multi-Event Competition hosted by Pelican Athletic Club and was held on Armed Forces Day – Saturday May 18th 2019.

Heats ran every 20 minutes, and awards were given out for the top 3 male and female RX division and the top 3 male and female scaled division.

      March 28, 2019 – Golf Tournament

      We Heart Veterans second annual Helping Heroes Golf Tournament March 28th! The tournament was held at Money Hill Golf & Country Club and benefited local wartime Veterans and their widows by providing them with needed non-medical home care services at no cost to them!

      2018 Past Events

      Captain John Rogers Memorial Fishing Tournament – October 27, 2018

      We Heart Veterans was thrilled to host our 2nd annual Fishing Tournament benefiting local aging wartime Veterans and widows of Veterans! We were privileged to once again be able to work with Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana, as well as Art & Vicki’s the Dock for this fundraiser! Live entertainment, merchandise and a Kidz Zone was available! Special thanks to Walley Borries of SELA Promotions and Andy Frisard and all the people of Krewe of Dionysus for cooking and serving the food!  Also, a huge thanks goes out to Champagne Distributors and Bayou Brewing Company for donating beer to our fishing teams!


      Friends of We Heart Veterans

      Veterans’ Regatta – October 14, 2018

      We want to thank Pontchartrain Yacht Club for supporting our local aging wartime veterans and allowing us to join them at their annual Veterans’ Regatta. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit our local aging wartime Veterans! Thank you also to everyone who stopped by our booth to purchase WHV merchandise, find out more about our organization, as well as how to learn how to become part of our family!
      Northshore Office Equipment

      Baby Cakes NOLA – July 27, 2018

      Thank you to all our friends and supporters for purchasing tickets to July 27th Baby Cakes baseball game! Your purchase helped support our mission of “Serving Those Who Served!” Thanks for helping us hit a Home Run for our Heroes!

      Armed Forces Day Event – May 19, 2018

      This event included an After Party at the Lafitte Street Market with special music, a Kidz Zone, crawfish boil and beverage stations provided by Brewed & Distilled!

      One of our incredible local singers, Robyn Costello, of John & Robyn Acoustic Duo performed the National Anthem during the opening ceremony, and Mande Milkshakers also performed an incredible routine!
      Musical Lineup:
      Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
       Special Jam Project featuring:
      * Alex McMurry
      * Paul Sanchez
      * Joe Cabral
      * Carlo Nuccio
      Raffle/Auction Items Donated By:
      Thank You Corporate Sponsors!
      Glow Fun Run – April 21, 2018

      Our first ever “Glow Fun Run” organized and run by Carol Madere’s Southeastern Louisiana University’ students was an incredible success!  The Fun Run took place at Southeaster’s campus on April 21st at 5:00pm. The purpose of the event was for the students to raise money for We Heart Veterans, a local 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on providing non-medical home care services for our local aging wartime veterans!

      Dining for Veterans – April 17, 2018

      Thank you once again Times Grill in Mandeville for your continued support of our local Veterans! They hosted a “Dine for Veterans” event on April 17th and generously donated 15% of the proceeds to We Heart Veterans to provide home care services to our Veterans and widows of Veterans at no cost to them!

      Golf Tournament – March 15, 2018

      We Heart Veterans First Annual Helping Heroes Golf Tournament! Tournament was held at Money Hill Golf & Country Club. Over 100 golfers participated in this event, which benefited local wartime Veterans and their widows by providing them with needed non-medical home care services at no cost to them!

      Lunch – 11:30am | Golf – 1:00pm
      After Party – 5:00pm at Clubhouse


      • Crescent City Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
      • Crying Eagle Brewing
      • Jim Carey Distributing
      • Kentwood Springs Water
      • Rusty Pelican Sippin’ Station

      • Alpha Taxidermy
      • Chic-fil-A
      • DIS-TRAN Steel
      • Double D Meat Co
      • F.I.T.S. Indoor Shooting Range
      • Giambelluca Insurance Agency
      • Karl Zeswitz
      • Ladouceur and Ladouceur Attorneys at Law
      • Lakeway Collision Center
      • Mike Robichaux, DDS
      • Nevada Bob’s Covington
      • Pelican Athletic Club
      • Profit On Hold
      • SELA Promotions
      • Tabasco
      • Tuscany Cuts & Color
      • William Sims


      • Atlas Roofing
      • Brand Safway
      • C and C Drugs
      • CABBO Dad, LLC (Ultimate Construction)
      • Northshore Toyota
      • Pabst Cooling Solutions
      • Resource Bank Covington
      • RoundTower Technologies
      • Southside Cafe’ Slidell
      • VCG Energy
      Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar – January 9, 2018

      Thank you Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar in Covington for supporting our local Veterans by sponsoring a Dining for Veterans event! 10% of January 9th proceeds were donated to We Heart Veterans to provide home care services to our Veterans and widows of Veterans at no cost to them!

      2017 Past Events

      Time’s Grill Veterans’ Beer Event – November 29, 2017

      Thank You Times Grill Mandeville – 100% of the proceeds for EVERY Bayou Teche Brewing LA 31 beer sold on Wednesday, November 29th between 5:00PM-7:00PM was donated to We Heart Veterans to support local aging wartime veterans!

      Fishing Rodeo – Saturday November 11, 2017

      Our Fishing Tournament benefiting local aging wartime Veterans and widows of Veterans was held at Robin’s Wharf Dockside in Slidell. Presented in association with Robin’s and  Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the event was a fun-filled day of fishing, eating and live entertainment performed by Joe Cave and the Soul Shakers.

      Veterans Regatta – Saturday September 16, 2017

      It was a wonderful day for a Regatta at Pontchartrain Yacht Club located at 140 Jackson Avenue in Mandeville, LA. The food was outstanding and the boats were beautiful!! Best of all the fundraiser was a success and as a result we are able to provide home care services for another Veteran!!  Thank you all for your support!

      New Orleans Baby Cakes – Friday, August 25, 2017

      Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and donated them to ensure First Responders, 205th Engineer Battalion members and 1021st Engineer Company members could attend the August 25th New Orleans Baby Cakes game!

      Bayou Yoga Community Classes

      Thank you to everyone at Bayou Yoga for supporting our local Veterans by donating August’s proceeds from the Community Classes to We Heart Veterans.

      Red, White & Bingo

      We Heart Veterans and Women’s Council of Realtors St. Tammany held a fun night of games and prizes on Flag Day, June 14, 2017. Sponsors included Allegiance Title, Interlinc Mortgage, Usual Suspects and Money Hill.  New Orleans Advocate Article

      Pig Out For Veterans! – June 14, 2017

      On June 14, 2017 Sticks-n-Bones Bar-b-Que of Mandeville hosted a fundraiser benefiting local aging wartime Veterans! 10% of all proceeds collected on June 14th were donated to We Heart Veterans to help support our mission of “Serving Those Who Served”!

      Helping Heroes 2017 – May 20, 2017

      The 2017 We Heart Veterans’ Helping Heroes fundraiser was a Extravaganza to remember! Started the day with a 5K Fun Run, followed by a Car Show hosted by the North Shore Corvette Club and then on the the grand finale After Party featuring a Kidz Zone, Veterans’ One-Stop, live entertainment, and much more!! While a fundraiser, it was also a time to celebrate and honor our Veterans for the selfless sacrifices they made/make on behalf of all Americans.

      Grease the Poles

      We Heart Veterans was honored to have been chosen as the Greasing of the Poles non-profit of the year! Ignatius DeSandro, a Vietnam Veteran was one of the judges at event. Guest speaker was We Heart Veterans’, Mr. DeSalvo, a 96 year old WWII Veteran. 2017 marked the 47th year The Royal Sonesta New Orleans hosted the event.We Heart Veterans was honored to be part of the 47th Grease the Poles event.

      Lockheed Martin Veterans’ Event

      “We are so very proud to be supporting your non-profit organization and the veterans you serve. Yesterday’s event was both an honor and privilege for our employees to visit with these great heroes. I was personally moved by the stories of what these men have endured. They certainly deserve to be taken care of at this point in their lives. God bless you and the work you do in support of our veterans.” ~ Jeff Pilet Lockheed Martin Corp

      2016 Past Events

      Beer and Brat Off 2016 ~ October 29, 2016

      *PSA: Beer and Brat Off 2016 2nd Annual “Beer and Brat Off” competition was held October 29, 2016 at Audubon Park Shelter #10 in New Orleans, LA . This Championship was a fun-filled day with the best brats grilled by some of the top chefs in Louisiana, as well as samplings of some of the best beers in Louisiana! Live entertainment provided by UMPHY, Christina Serpas & Ghost Town, Soul Salvage Project, An Original Americana Blues Band, and The Rick Samson Project.There was also a “Service Area” for Veterans providing area VFW and educational information and more provided by NOLA VFW Post 8973; Southeastern LA University Hammond, LA and Veterans Upward Bound.  Special thanks to Tom Fitzmorris of WWL’s “The Food Show” for broadcasting live at our event.

      Categories of Competition: Best Brat Award: Fire Team #1 Chef Tim Bordes and Chappapeela Farms
      Best Beer Award: Fire Team #7 Old Rail Brewing Co. for their Pumpkin Express!!!
      Best Pairing Award: Fire Team #8 Chef Robert Vasquez and Covington Brewhouse.
      People’s Choice Award: Fire Team #9 Chef Jeff Mattia and Bayou Teche Brewing* A huge thank you goes to Scott Bergeron of C’est Bon Wood Creations for donating this year’s trophies!

      Event MCs

      1. Charles Ricks – Currently an Account Executive with WWL and Saints Radio Network for Entercom New Orleans. Formerly, Charles was General Manager of ESPN New Orleans, as well as host of NOLA Golf Academy and Inside Track radio shows for the past five years.
      2. Ashley Rodriguez -The Northshore Bureau Chief for WWL-TV, Channel 4, Ashley is a native of New Orleans and an LSU graduate. Ashley came home to WWL a little more than four years ago from WBRZ in Baton Rouge. She is a proud Northshore resident and big supporter of our country’s service members.
      3. Paul Ulfers

      Judges’ Panel

      1. Sara Blanche, Miss Louisiana United States
      2. Nora McGunnigle – Freelance New Orleans Beer Writer & Consultant; Author
      3. Ashley Massarini; former Navy Seal
      4. Sal Mortillaro II – Former Marine; Manager Clearwater Auto Title & Notary
        North Shore
      5. Paul Parrie – Associate Vice President, Operations National WWII Museum
      6. Robert Peyton; Partner @ Christovich & Kearney Attorneys at Law
      7. Donald Villere – Mayor City of Mandeville, Louisiana
      Sweat for the Veterans ~ Hosted by Pelican Athletic Club

      Saturday, September 24ths Benefit workout hosted by the Pelican Athletic Club was a HUGE success! We want to thank everyone who participated in the Weightlifting and Endurance portions of the event, as well as all of our wonderful volunteers! All proceeds donated to local aging wartime Veterans, and widows of Veterans amounting to over 52 hours of non-medical homecare for them!!! WOW!

      Regatta for Veterans ~ Hosted by Pontchartrain Yacht Club

      Pontchartrain Yacht Club (PYC) hosted a regatta to benefit Wounded War Heroes and We Heart Veterans on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Mandeville, LA. The Regatta was open to the public and Veterans participated on sailing teams for free! A great time was had by all while raising money to benefit local Veterans.

      Helping Heroes – May 7, 2016

      On Saturday, May 7, 2016 We Heart Veterans hosted its 3rd annual fundraiser at The Barley Oak: Old World Draught Haus. All proceeds went to benefit local war-time Veterans, and their widows.

      Entertainment was provided by The Rick Sampson Project, and special Guest Appearances were made by Miss Louisiana United States, Sara Blanche; Miss New Orleans United States, Anitra Bender; and Robert “Frenchy” Crochet from the Cast of Swamp People on the History Channel.

      2015 Past Events

      Helping Heroes University Style ~ February 23, 2015

      Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2015; 11:00am – 2:00pm
      Location: Bruff Commons; Tulane University Uptown Campus; New Orleans, LA

      “Helping Heroes University Style” Fundraiser, part of our “Never Forget Program” to honor our local War Service Veterans was presented by Sodexo Quality of Life Services and Tulane University Dining Services.

      There was a discounted entry price of $7.00 for the meal of Smoked Chicken & Dumplings and Local Market Vegetables with Meyer Lemon prepared by award-winning guest Chef Jeff Mattia. According to Chef Mattia, he chose this dish because it was, “One of the dishes I used to enjoy eating while deployed overseas. I also served this dish at numerous military events while I was the Chef at American Sector.” The event featured Captain Rodgers, an icon from WWII.

      Helping Heroes 2015

      We Heart Veterans thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Helping Heroes Fundraiser. It was a huge success due to hard work and support of all our friends, volunteers and supporters. Special Thanks to Nick Powers of The Barley Oak: Old World Draught Haus; 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, LA for donating our venue, as well as Rick Samson and his band, The Rick Samson Project, for providing the incredible entertainment for the evening!

      * PSA Helping Heroes 2015

      Battle of the Shores 2015 – Beer & Brat Off – October 24, 2015

      Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015; Noon – 4:30pm
      Location: Breaux Market Magazine Street; New Orleans, LA

      We Heart Veterans’ “Battle of the Shores” was a festival unlike any other! Imagine spending the day among some of the most sought-after breweries and chefs in both the North and South Shore areas! Everyone enjoyed some of the best homemade brats around while listening to incredible live tunes by The Rick Samson Project.

      Competition consisted of two Squads: 1 squad represents North Shore, and 1 squad represents South Shore. The Squad winning the most categories was named overall winner. All judging conducted by the public in attendance.

      Dine Out Help a Veteran ~ November 5, 2015

      The Rusty Nail
      1100 Constance St
      New Orleans, Louisiana

      The Rusty Nail hosted a Donation Night on November 5, 2015 – A  portion of sales made between 4:00pm – 8:00pm was donated to We Heart Veterans!!!

      Day For The Brave ~ Veterans’ Day 2015

      On Veteran’s Day 2015, Razoo and CDR launched a 24-hour day of giving to honor those that have served our country.

      This campaign put focus on veterans’ service organizations across the United States that provide much needed services and support to veterans and their families. The goal was to create a national movement of giving back to support our Veteran’s and the nonprofits that serve them every day.

      Our veterans answered our nation’s call and served us courageously. They put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. They have proven their devotion to us and to our country. We owe them the same respect and devotion in return. This Day for the Brave campaign is a dedicated effort to bring together nonprofits and individuals around the country to give back to support our nation’s veterans. This Veterans Day, please give back to America’s heroes. Support We Heart Veterans!

      Wreaths Across America

      The 2015 “Wreath Across America” ceremony was held at St. Tammany’s new Veteran Cemetery, where there are over 500 Veterans buried. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to, “Remember, Honor, Teach, and believes every fallen Veteran deserves to be remembered with a wreath during the Holiday season. Our own John Sutton placed a wreath on the grave of Robert Rackley, WWII Veteran, US Marine Corp.

      2014 Past Events

      We Heart Veterans’ Annual Fundraiser “Helping Heroes”

      Friends gathered to raise money for WHV @ the The Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. We would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Pictures by Allison for taking the photos of our event!

      “Helping Heroes” 2014 Sponsors

      Our Organization would not be what it is today if not for the incredible support of businesses, schools, and individuals. WHV appreciates all you do to help us continue our goal of, “Serving Those Who Served.” Thank You!

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      We have made it our mission to “Service Those Who Served.” If you or a loved one is a aging wartime Veteran in need, please contact us today.