My dad always likes the Memphis and Oklahoma City stops because with only one team in town, you don’t get the chance to visit those cities very often. So after a great night with our warriors, on Beale St and at Grizzlies game, my dad headed out on Amtrak train to New Orleans. Despite the fact that Amtrak is probably most comfortable way to travel, we rarely use this mode of transportation – on planes and busses, you are usually cramped in, but on train plenty of room to work and roam – and very scenic.
Anyone following our schedule noticed that the Dallas Mavericks were on the schedule for Apr 6 – so why are we taking the train to NO ? Thanks to a couple of our followers, and now Board Member, Chris Clay – we were being presented with a check by our corporate sponsor, Sanofi Corporation, at their annual conference in New Orleans. Sanofi helped sponsor 25 heroes at last years Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia, and invited us to this meeting to commit to same for next years game in Baltimore. And as you know, we pride ourselves with staying in touch with our previous guests –so we invited Army Sgt Charles “Cookie” Dalgo to join us for the meeting and dinner. Cookie also brought along his new service dog, Marshall,and it was great to see him and hang out. He was our guest at Super Bowl Media Day in 2013 and also helped us surprise another warrior in New Orleans.
Oh… and by the way…in Dallas, Thank You to Marine Julio Marin and Katie from the Dallas Mavericks Community Relations for filling in as hosts for our VIP Guest Army Sgt Kyle Ellis, his wife Rebekah and best friend Cameron. Sgt Ellis and his guests got to sit Courtside to watch Pregame Warmups and also were able to “High Five” all the players as they entered the court for this very important game with Playoff Implications. Sgt Ellis saw a great game and a huge win for Dallas 88-86 over the Rockets.
Thank You to Chris Clay and John Eppard, Sanofi Corporation and Sgt Dalgo in New Orleans, as well as Katie, The Dallas Mavericks and our friend, Julio in Dallas for helping make this day and this “audible” work out. Most importantly, thank you Cookie, Julio and Sgt Ellis for their service to our great country.