Seahawks’ Mora Emphasizing Foundation in Seattle; Saints’ Brees Hosting Charity Concert

Jim Mora Count on Me Foundation

Now that he is at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks, coach Jim Mora is ramping up his foundation’s efforts in the state of Washington. Also, Saints QB Drew Brees paying tribute to New Orleans’ own Fats Domino with a charity concert. The Dolphins’ Vonnie Holliday roots run deep in his South Carolina hometown, and Joe Delamielleure is hopping on the saddle for a charity ride to Mexico.

Jim Mora: New Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon introduced their Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation to the Seattle area April 8. The Mora’s started the organization, which helps special neeeds and at-risk kids, three years ago while Jim was coaching the Atlanta Falcons.

In Seattle, Greg Johns reported that the organization will be sponsoring a celebrity golf classic in conjunction with the Boeing Classic Senior PGA Tour event in the Seattle area on August 24. There’s also a bowling fundraiser slated for April 22. Mora said that he will “hold several fundraisers a year in the Seattle area.”

Shannon Mora said that the foundation “has given out $500,000 in grants over its first three years ‘and we’re excited to make it happen now in Seattle as well'” (Greg Johns, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/8).

Drew Brees: In New Orleans, WWL-Ind’s Bradley Handwerger noted that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is putting together a benefit concert for his Brees Dream Foundation, which has a “mission to advance research in the fight against Cancer and provide care, education and opportunities for children in need.” Since its beginning in 2003, the Brees Dream Foundation has donated more than $4.5 million to causes in New Orleans, San Diego as well as the West Lafayette, Ind., and Purdue University communities.

The tribute concert to Fats Domino will feature Chuck Berry and Little Richard, among others (Bradley Handwerger, WWL-Ind, 4/9).

Vonnie Holliday: Black Gives Back noted that Miami Dolphins DT Vonnie Holliday and his Vonnie Holliday Foundation on March 27 held its first annual golf tournament to raise funds “to support the creation of” a Boys & Girls Club in Holliday’s hometown of Camden, S.C.

Black Gives Back noted that Holliday is expanding his foundation’s efforts this year. Holliday: “With gang violence at an all time high, I really want to create a safe place for youth in my home community to go. I envision them having a physical building to do homework, enrichment and sports activities” (Black Gives Back, 4/7).

Joe Delamielleure: In Charleston, WCBD-NBC’s Patrick Bosh noted that NFL Hall of Famer Joe Delamielleure “is raising money for orphans by taking a long bike ride.” Delamielleure will start in Michigan, “riding two thousand miles and into Mexico.” He is “hoping to get sponsors to donate one penny per mile, or roughly twenty dollars for the entire trip” (Patrick Bosh, WCBD-NBC, 4/9).