2010 Stand Tall Scholarship Dinner Ceremony
Chris Duhon's Stand Tall Foundation hosted its first scholarship dinner July 17 at the Bayou Oaks Plantation home of Kay and Chuck Sabadie near Slidell, awarding scholarships of $5,000 each to five exceptional St. Tammany Parish school seniors for their academic achievements and community involvement.
Graduates receiving scholarships were:
- Adam Charles Beasley, son of Charles and Laura Beasley. A graduate of Fontainebleau High School, he will attend Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he plans to major in biology.
- Michael Edward Braud, son of James and Theresa Braud, is a graduate of Slidell High School, and will attend Louisiana State University to study architecture.
- Brittany Anna Bruhl, daughter of Tommy and Theresa Bruhl, is a graduate of Covington High School, and will attend LSU with a major in kinesiology.
- Bradley Thomas Hewitt, son of Stan and Sharon Hewitt, is a graduate of Northshore High School, and will attend Texas A&M to study mechanical engineering.
- Mary Ann Zar, daughter of Patricia Benson and Warren Zar, is a graduate of Salmen High School, and will attend Southeastern Louisiana University to study criminal justice and psychology.
According to Chris Duhon, "Every day is an opportunity to contribute to the quality of a child's life through recreation, education and welfare." The Stand Tall Foundation is dedicated to that belief and works to build up children, "who are the foundation of our communities." During the dinner Duhon said, "You guys set the example for your generation. We know you are going to do special things." Duhon's mother, Vivian Harper, read testimonials written by each scholarship recipient, citing their educational and personal experiences.
A silent auction also was held during the evening that included a variety of sports-related items, including an autographed Saints football, a book and basketball autographed by Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, a framed and autographed Chris Duhon 1 jersey, an NBA 2009 Championship cap autographed by Duhon, tickets to Hornets games, and a panoramic photo of the Superdome.
Among those attending the dinner were Kathy Bass, Jeff Baker, Mary Joy Richard, Scott Richard, Jim Thomas, James Braud, Amy Braud, Chris Braud, Theresa Braud, Rachel Braud, Sara Braud, Michael Braud, Kimberly and Jeff Burgoyne.Also, Charles Beasley, Martha Hammon, Janine Parker, Samantha Parker, Adam Beasley, Ernest Woodard, Christine Woodard, Deborah and James McCollum, Jason Navarre, Ramona Carlin, and Andreea Popa, and others.
On July 16, the foundation also hosted the Stand Tall Charity Comedy show at the House of Blues in New Orleans, where the duo of comedians JJ Williamson and Debra Terry showcased their talents. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the comedy show will be donated to the Stand Tall Foundation.
Prior to the scholarship dinner, on July 17, the second annual Chris Duhon Charity Golf Tournament was held at Oak Harbor Golf Club in Slidell. As with the comedy show, one hundred percent of the money raised from the event will be donated to the Stand Tall Foundation.
Duhon, an NBA star and Slidell native who prepped at Salmen High School and recently signed a deal with the Orlando Magic, also hosted the sixth annual Chris Duhon Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-15. The popular local athletic camp was held July 19-23 at Fritchie Park Gym in Slidell.Through his Stand Tall Foundation, Duhon launched Operation 21, a project to refurbish 21 outdoor basketball courts in New Orleans and his hometown, Slidell.
His foundation efforts also helped raise more than $450,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims and aided in the reconstruction of Slidell. Duhon established the Stand Tall Foundation with a personal donation of $100,000.