Prospective brides run for it

About 30 prospective brides turned out recently for the first-ever Tiara Trot run/walk through Audubon Park in New Orleans.

Wedding consultant Janie Glade created the event as a means to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s initiatives to combat child hunger.

Glade enlisted the support of vendors within the wedding industry and said that “not one vendor turned us down. We particularly wanted to support the food bank’s programs that benefit the children of our state.”

According to Second Harvest, one out of every five children in Louisiana goes hungry.

The nonprofit organization that serves the Greater New Orleans area as well as Acadiana implements several programs aimed at assisting kids in need.

Initiatives such as Second Harvest’s Backpack Program, Kids Café and summer feeding programs help ensure that the most vulnerable get enough to eat.

Entrants and their families and friends were encouraged to join the cause by signing up for the run/walk. In addition to the entry fee, each participant was charged with raising additional revenue by securing race sponsorships. Prizes were awarded to those generating the most sponsor contributions.

Additionally, a grand prize drawing for an all-expense-paid wedding package valued at $30,000, sweetened the pot for one lucky lady.

As it turned out, the winner of the grand prize also generated the highest sponsorship donations.

Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors such as New Orleans Weddings Magazine, Gulf Coast Bank and West Jefferson Medical Center and participating vendors, Nicky Valenti and her fiance Stephen Woods are well on their way to realizing their dream wedding.

The real winners, however, are the countless children of Louisiana who will benefit from the targeted programs of Second Harvest’s Food Bank.

If you missed the run/walk, start planning now for next year. There’s never been a better reason to dust off those tiaras! To learn more about Second Harvest or to support the food bank, visit www.nohunger.org.

Congratulations to all participants and the business that supported this wonderful effort.

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