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Royal Sonesta Hotel to host Saintsations swimsuit calendar unveiling

2014 Swimsuit Calender Release Gala will be Aug. 7


As the New Orleans Saints gear up for the upcoming football season, the team's official cheerleading squad prepares for its big night. As the presenting sponsor of the New Orleans Saintsations, the Royal Sonesta Hotel once again will host the team's annual Swimsuit Calendar unveiling. 

The highly anticipated 2014 Swimsuit Calendar Release Gala will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are $40 and include a tailgate-inspired food and beverage presentation, the team's official swimsuit calendar, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the entire Saintsations team. Jennifer Hale, of Fox-8 and a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, and Michael Lewis, New Orleans Saints team ambassador, will serve as the co-master of ceremonies for the calendar unveiling. Saints mascots Gumbo and Sir Saint also will be on hand and some "surprise" guests are expected. 

Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the third annual "Spirit Award," a scholarship fund that was established by Lesslee Fitzmorris, president of St. All-Star and manager of the Saintsations and Alfred L. Groos, president and general manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The scholarship fund was created for aspiring high school seniors who wish to pursue dance team or cheerleading at the collegiate level and beyond.  For more details on the Spirit Award or to submit a nomination, please visit

"The Saintsations represent the spirit of New Orleans and our city's love for the New Orleans Saints. We look forward to celebrating these talented young ladies at the calendar unveiling," said Al Groos of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. "Their dedication as cheerleading ambassadors enhances our community in countless ways both on and off the field. The energy and excitement that the Saintsations bring to each and every game adds so much to the overall experience."  

"We are honored to be sponsored by the Royal Sonesta. The hotel, like the New Orleans Saints, is a symbol of our city," said Lesslee Fitzmorris of the Saintsations. "Partnering with the Royal Sonesta allows the Saintsations to further serve the area by affording the team the opportunity to participate in the countless community events the hotel plays host to each year. We always enjoy the Royal Teddy Bear Tea holiday initiative held annually at the Sonesta. It's a wonderful way for the team to interact with the children in our community."

To reserve your tickets to the Saintsations Swimsuit Calendar Release Gala contact Shari Appel at 504-553-2221 or


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