Tulane is counting its blessings this week to have the Montana family involved in the athletic program.
Tulane quarterback Nick Montana transferred in January and has helped guide the football team to three wins already this season. But his parents are uplifting the program too. Jennifer and Pro Hall of Fame father Joe Montana have donated several much-sought after items to the school’s 12th annual Helluva Hullabaloo athletic fundraiser/auction. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday in the LBC Center on campus and tickets are $100 in advance or $125 at the door.
There are numerous items up for the auction, which also features an online component, but the Montana donations are notable. They have donated Joe Montana’s helmet from “The Catch” – Montanan’s winning touchdown pass to Dwight Clark on Jan 10, 1982 in the NFC Championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.
Also, the family has given a Payton Manning Denver Bronco’s helmet and a Barry Sanders Detroit Lions jersey among many other items. But Jennifer Montana, who coordinated the donation for the family, had one stipulation.
“She said pick at least two of the items to set aside with proceeds to go to Devon’s Den,” Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said.
Devon’s Den is the fundraising project for former Tulane safety Devon Walker, who broke his neck in football game last season and is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of the injury. The family is building a high-tech wing on their home in Destrehan to counteract Walker’s limited mobility.
Most of the proceeds of the night will go to the Tulane Athletic Fund, however, which benefits all Green Wave student-athletes.
Faithful Tulane athletic supporters Jill and Avie Glazer are five-year chairs of the Helluva Hullabaloo that features an raffle for Super Bowl XLVIII tickets.
The auction also is online at: https://tulane.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2013HullabalooAuction/2103HelluvaHullabalooCatalog/tabid/494728/Default.aspx)