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Tickets are Now on Sale for the Saintsations 2011-12 Calendar Release Party

NEW ORLEANS (August 22, 2011) - It's been a long hot summer, but it's finally time to brush off your black and gold for some good ole' New Orleans' style football! Saints madness is back and the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans is proud to serve as the official Presenting Sponsor for the 2011-2012 New Orleans Saintsations cheerleading team.

"This is our third year as Presenting Sponsor and we always look forward to working with this outstanding group of talented young women who embody the spirit of our beloved New Orleans Saints football team," explains Alfred L. Groos, President and General Manger of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. "For many Saints' fans, the Saintsations are an integral component of the ultimate game-day experience."

"The Saints are thrilled that the Royal Sonesta Hotel will once again serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2011-2012 Saintsations squad," expressed New Orleans Saints Owner and Executive Vice President Rita Benson LeBlanc. "We are proud that these two staples of our community are continuing to grow a winning tradition. The calendar unveiling is a festive evening for all of our Saints fans to enjoy.  We look forward to this event every year."

New this year is the Royal Sonesta Hotel's collaborative fundraising effort with Saintsations' manager Lesslee Fitzmorris.

As President of St. All-Star, Fitzmorris' dream has always been to inspire high school students to pursue dance team at the collegiate level and beyond.

"Over the past several years we have participated in many exciting events at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. We look forward to continuing this great tradition every season. The Saintsations are proud to team up with a landmark hotel who embraces the true culture of New Orleans," says Fitzmorris.

On Monday evening August 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Royal Sonesta's sponsorship will be formally recognized at the highly anticipated 2011-12 Saintsations Calendar Release Party. This year the calendar unveiling will be a ticketed affair with net proceeds earmarked for the 'Spirit' Award, presented by the Royal Sonesta Hotel honoring the Saintsations. Students interested in applying for the 'Spirit' award must be a high school senior, a current member of a high school dance or cheer team, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be nominated by a high school dance team coach or principal. Award winners will be announced at the Royal Sonesta in late December. Application details to be released separately.

Individual tickets for the Saintsations Calendar Release Party are $50 and include a 'Tailgate Bash' prepared by the Royal Sonesta's Executive Chef Peter Page, a 2011-12 Saintsations Calendar, discounted parking during the event, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the Saintsations off the field.

VIP level tickets are also available for this event. For a $2,000 donation, your group or business will receive a pre-event VIP party from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with private photo opportunities for you and your guests with members of the Saintsations, reserved priority seating for 10 guests, 10 signed 2011-12 Saintsations calendars, complimentary cocktails, Executive Chef Peter Page's specially prepared 'Tailgate Bash', personal wait-staff assigned to your table, table signage, acknowledgement in the event program, and complimentary parking.

Make plans today to kick off this football season in style by purchasing tickets to the 'hottest' event in town. Remember that a portion of your ticket price is dedicated to the 'Spirit' Award, presented by the Royal Sonesta Hotel honoring the Saintsations. To purchase individual or VIP tickets for the Saintsations Calendar Release Party on Monday August 29th, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or nscallan@royalsonestano.com. Tickets are limited, so please reserve early.   

Through the years, the Saintsations have been a visual symbol of New Orleans' affection for the New Orleans Saints football team. On the field, their spirit is unwavering, their performances always entertaining and their enthusiasm infectious. Off the field, members of the Saintsations team represent their city in countless ways. Members give back to their community through non-profit service, make themselves accessible to the fans through numerous public appearances, serve as ambassadors for the city and the State of Louisiana, and inspire young women through their example.

Centrally located in the heart of the historic French Quarter at 300 Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans is at the center of all the action during football season. The landmark property is "the" destination of choice for all visitors seeking an authentic New Orleans travel experience. For more information on the Royal Sonesta Hotel, please visit www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans or call 504-586-0300.

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