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 Château 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.