Monthly Archives: November 2015


Turtle Bay’s 4th annual Alzheimers fundraiser collects close to $4000.

The Saints had their bye Sunday but there was still plenty to cheer about at Turtle Bay‘s,Spirits sister bar on Decatur St). As part of  the Walk to End Alzheimers, fund raiser organizer Mardi Johnson held her 4th Annual Fund Raiser Raffle.

award winners

Mardi teamed up with  Turtle Bay again,  to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers. The fund raiser consisted of  individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations. The big prize of the day was a signed Jimmy Buffet guitar which was awarded at the end of the day.

“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and hustling the raffle tickets. She works at the fund raiser all year. It has grown and raised more money  each year we have done it. We are proud to work with her on this” said Turtle Bay owner  Brad Bohannan

The event has grown each of its four years. Sunday’s fund raiser was a great success raising nearly $4000 for the charity. It is not too late to donate to the Mardi/Turtle Bay team page. Please go to this link and add to the total here.

“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

sharon and mardi


“It’s such a great day for a great cause that is near to my heart” said Turtle Bay owner Steve Smith “I’m proud to be a part of it and we will do everything we can to help the fund raiser continue to grow every year! Not only is it for a great cause but the customers love it and thanks to the many donations from local businesses, very few people leave empty handed”.













Charles Grant and Spirits on Bourbon Team Up to Feed Hundreds in Need

Charles Grant is a Super Bowl hero and New Orleans Saints legend. Spirits on Bourbon is a French quarter hotspot with philanthropic owners. When the pair teamed up, they created a team that would rival the New Orleans Saints themselves!  


 The idea started when Charles Grant wanted to help his community. Founder of SACK Success Foundation, Grant is no stranger to giving back. Given the holidays, his goal was to pass out hundreds of turkeys to families in need. When he reached out to Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owners of Spirits on Bourbon, the idea grew into something much larger.

“I thought that Charles Grant was onto something wonderful! But the more we thought about it, I knew that the turkeys would only help someone who had the ability to cook them. Owning a restaurant, it may have been a lot easier to just cook the meal and drop it off at the mission or the homeless shelter.  

 Instead, I thought that I wanted to give them more than a meal. I wanted to give them an experience,” said Brad Bohannan. Steve Smith was on board from the beginning, “I thought it would be wonderful to open the doors to our restaurant, have live music, and make it an experience that they would remember.”

In no time at all, between the three of them had volunteers, donations, and lots of helping hands. Several Saints players put smiles on many faces when they surprised everyone by showing up at the event!  

 A local baseball team, the Ch√Ęteau chargers, even volunteered to serve all the food!  

 Charles Grant started the day, with a bowed head blessing to help everyone remember those who are not so lucky during the holiday season. Every age, creed and story passed through the doors of Spirits on Bourbon and were greeted with open arms and a hot meal. 

Today’s efforts served over 200 people in need, and provided over 150 turkeys to families!

“This is just the beginning, giving back is what we should all do. We look forward to growing, and growing these types of opportunities for our local community in need,” vowed Charles grant. 


Spirits on Bourbon and Saints Great Charles Grant team up to help the needy

  Spirits on Bourbon is excited to team up with Charles Grant’s SACK Success foundation this Thanksgiving! “Thanksgiving is time of joyful celebration and to share our blessings with those who are less fortunate. We are thrilled that Charles invited us to to help out his foundation,” said  Brad Bohannan Spirits  on Bourbon and Charles Grant will be preparing 150 food baskets for needy families as well as feeding 200 homeless people from the New Orleans Mission. The event will take place on November 21st from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. “Its going to be a challenge to feed so many people in a short time, but we are up for the challenge!” says Steve Smith . If you would like to donate and bring holiday smiles to some family, please contact Soulan Johnson at or (305) 360-3732.

4th Annual End Alzheimer’s Event

We are looking forward to the fourth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event. “The event has grown every year and we hope to beat Last Years total of over $1600 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan. “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,”  Steve Smith.  This  years event features the raffle of an Autographed Jimmy Buffett guitar.  

  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at Turtle Bay and do not have to be present to win. On Sunday, November 22nd we will have hourly drawings between noon and 5pm with great raffle items such as autographed footballs, purses, gift certificates and many other great gifts! Turtle Bay will donate 15 percent of all sales during the event to Alzheimer’s. We are still looking for raffle items if you would like to donate a item for the raffle! To buy raffle tickets or make a donation, please Contact Mardi Johnson. Hope to see you at this Event