NEW ORLEANS — On the eve of WrestleMania 30, WWE and one of its biggest community partners celebrated a very special occasion. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, along with WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil and WWE Divas Layla and Natalya, joined Susan G. Komen New Orleans for its Grantee Reception.
During the event, $600,000 in grants were awarded to nine recipients, making it the largest that Komen New Orleans has ever distributed. The awards will fund 4,380 mammograms, mobile mammograms in rural parishes, and diagnostic screenings and breast cancer treatment in Louisiana, which has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the country.
“One of the most important partnerships that we have is with Susan G. Komen,” McMahon told WWECommunity.com. “Breast cancer affects everyone around the world. It impacts everyone’s life, including WWE’s audience. Our partnership with Komen gives us the ability to reach those people and spread the message to find the cure. We are incredibly proud to be here today to do just that.”
During the reception, Titus, Layla and Natalya signed autographs and posed for pictures with those in attendance, including breast cancer survivors and volunteers. WWE also contributed some big ticket items for a raffle, including autographed memorabilia from Superstars and tickets to WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Super-dome. For the Superstars, it was an incredible opportunity to give back to the community during the biggest week of the year.
“WWE applauds the efforts of the thousands of people and businesses in New Orleans who work hard to make these community grants possible, and salutes grantees for the work they do to help the undeserved people of New Orleans gain access to life-saving breast health education, training and treatment programs,” McMahon said. “Thank you for the work you do to save lives and make a difference.”
WWE also helped Komen New Orleans in its fight against breast cancer with a $10,000 donation, announced at the reception, the largest grant award the New Orleans chapter of the organization has ever funded.
Since 1992, Komen New Orleans has funded more than $4.8 million in local breast cancer screening, education, treatment and support programs. For more information on Komen New Orleans, visit www.komenneworleans.org, follow them on Twitter @KomenNewOrleans, and like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/KomenNewOrleans.