Our hosts, the Mercedes Benz folks and their media partner Taylor Strategy, could not have been more gracious nor the food more delicious.


The purpso of the day was to celebrate the wonderful moments in the dome and to celebrate Katrina heroes.

Although I tried to be a good suite buddy, I couldm’t help myself. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but sat on the first step and yelled my head off.
The official version is this:

During halftime of today’s Saints game, four local community heroes were honored as part of the Mercedes-Benz 10 Years Stronger program, which recognizes memorable plays and people that made New Orleans 10 years stronger following Hurricane Katrina. In an on-field presentation with Saints legends Steve Gleason and Deuce McAllister, the four honorees received a surprise – a brand new vehicle courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Three honorees received the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 while Pastor Fred Luter, Jr. received a Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van to assist in the transportation needs of his church. Fans also voted on their favorite plays from the last 10 years, and the play highlighted today was Steve Gleason’s blocked punt in the team’s first home game in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, inspiring the community during their recovery.

Below are details about today’s honorees:

 Pastor Fred Luter Jr.  After Katrina flooded Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and displaced his congregation, he began the painstaking process of trying to locate his members and get them home. On April 6th, 2008, Luter and his congregation moved back into their newly re-built sanctuary. Many in his congregation said had it not been for his selflessness and inspirational leadership, they would have been unable to come home and begin restoring their lives.

 Vickie Leleu  At the time of Katrina, Leleu was a Family Social Worker at the CCANO Incarnate Word Head Start Program.  The center closed due to extensive damage from the storm, but that did not deter her from trying to make a difference in the community. Leleu worked two important case management programs that enabled residents to recover: Katrina Aid Today and Louisiana Family Recovery Corp.

William Stoudt  As a 17 year-old living in the aftermath of Katrina, Stoudt wanted to make a difference, but was told he was too young to participate in the relief efforts. That didn’t stop him. In 2005, he started the non-profit Youth Rebuilding New Orleans with fellow classmates from Jesuit High School. Since 2005, the youth-driven program has helped more than 300 homeowners, with assistance from thousands of volunteers.

Sara Moore  Like so many others, Moore lost her home during Katrina. Upon her return to New Orleans, she became the homeowner intake manager at Rebuilding Together New Orleans, helping 450 elderly and/or disabled homeowners receive funding for critical repairs to their homes.

Here is an awesome video by Taylor Strategy of the day’s events


WDW Day In The Mercedes Benz Suite

WDW Day In The Mercedes Benz Suite