Nola Bulls, LLC strives to improve New Orleans through our festivals but that doesn’t mean only through throwing kickass parties. We also donate portions of our proceeds to charity
Beth’s Friends Forever
In July 2014, Beth Hanning was diagnosed with Stage IIB Breast Cancer. Her story and experience was the inspiration for the creation of “Beth’s Friends Forever”. BFF’s goal is to supplement the resources of women fighting cancer in the Greater New Orleans area.
Some time in June 2014, before the 8th edition of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO), a.k.a. The Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, co-founder of SFNO Mickey Hanning asked his wife Beth about a lump. Beth’s family medical history includes breast cancer, so she had been very diligent about preventive screenings. Her most recent breast cancer screening was completely clear, and she had not detected it with self-exams. Her physician biopsied the lump to confirm a diagnosis.
On July 24th, 2014, the biopsy results confirmed the malignant cells.
Fortunately, Mickey and Beth had opted for supplemental cancer insurance in 2013 and carried over the coverage. The supplemental policy was critical for addressing the financial demands not covered by their primary insurance policy. This additional financial support provided peace of mind as well.
GENESIS OF A CHARITY
Since 2010, Team Nola Bulls Cycling has participated in charity rides and raised nearly $500,000. While on a training ride in Fall 2014, Co-Captains Mickey & Scott Galante were discussing Beth’s chemotherapy, costs, and the impact. By the end of that ride, the pair had conceived an idea to develop a charity that could provide support to those needing a helping hand while in treatment.
Beth’s Friends Forever was born shortly thereafter, and Team Nola Bulls Cycling had a new cause to support.
Animal Rescue New Orleans
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots volunteer organization founded by Jane Garrison and two of her good friends. Involved in hands-on Katrina rescue in the greater New Orleans area, Jane was one of the first out-of-town persons on the scene at ‘rescue headquarters’ located at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA.
Jane worked with hundreds of volunteers to rescue thousands of animals, and then Lamar-Dixon shut down in October 2005.
Jane was the catalyst in putting together a talented and committed team of volunteers and staff from around the country that worked to urgently assist displaced pets and their families… ARNO was formed in October 2005. Best Friends Animal Society also provided immeasurable support and shelter care to the ARNO animal relief effort between mid-October 2005 and through February 2006.
On February 1, 2006, locals gathered at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel to meet with Jane and transition the administration of ARNO to local hands. Charlotte Bass Lilly, a local New Orleanian and a known animal welfare figure, took the lead position from Jane and united a network of dedicated locals to continue the ardent work that Jane and legions of other tireless volunteers from across the nation had begun. Charlotte, too, was early on the scene at Lamar-Dixon, arriving directly behind the LA/SPCA animal control officers and working in water/land rescue under their direction. Today locals who are able, continue to assist in the daily operation of ARNO’s no-kill triage shelter, controlled feeding & trapping, TNR program, rescues, reunites, fosters and adoptions, in addition to hundreds of out-of-state volunteers. Out-of-state volunteers consistently provide volunteers on the ground, as well as assist with remote volunteer duties from the cities in which they reside. Non-profit volunteer organizations, as well as faith-based organization, also assist supplying volunteers to ARNO’s no-kill triage shelter. In addition high school and college students volunteer to fulfill community service hours required of them.