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Governor Jindal Announces Saints Event to Support Coastal Louisiana Tuesday

BATON ROUGE (June 5, 2010) - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, Coach Sean Payton and team owner Tom Benson will hold an event on Tuesday in Plaquemines Parish to support the ongoing oil fighting and recovery efforts of coastal Louisianians.

Governor Jindal said, "Months ago, we planned to host the Saints in Baton Rouge to celebrate their Super Bowl Championship. In light of the tragic events in the Gulf and the thousands of Louisianians who continue to be impacted by the ongoing oil spill, I talked to Mr. Benson this weekend and suggested we bring the Super Bowl champions to the coast to see for themselves the impact of the oil spill and to encourage our people. He agreed to move this event to Plaquemines Parish in order to help encourage the many first responders, fishermen, and families affected by the oil spill. Communities all along our coast are hurting and we are grateful that the Saints are taking this opportunity to give their support and also bring attention to the ongoing needs of our coastal parishes that continue to be impacted by this spill."

Saints owner Tom Benson said, "When Governor Jindal called to recommend we consider joining him in Plaquemines Parish on Tuesday, we thought it was an excellent idea. The oil spill disaster calls for all of us to join in on this fight and what better way than to go there directly and show our support. We have had great support not only from Governor Jindal and our State Legistators but our fans as well and many of our fans from South Louisiana are suffering and now we need to unify to support them."

Further details on the Saints Event to Support Coastal Louisiana in Plaquemines Parish will be announced Sunday.



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