New Orleans VIP Event with Wendell Pierce & Will Smith

Saints Will Smith and Actor Wendell Pierce To Host Benefit for New Orleans Charities

February 1 at The Shops at Canal Place 

Pro Player Insiders VIP Event Will Feature Many Celebrities and NFL Players

Two staples of the New Orleans community, Saints defensive end Will Smith and film and television star Wendell Pierce, have joined forces with Pro Player Insiders, to host a VIP event Friday, February 1 at The Shops at Canal Place.  The event will be held from 4-7PM and feature music, cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction and a glam bar.  Will Smith and Wendell Pierce will be joined by other celebrities from sports and entertainment.

” It’s an exciting time in New Orleans. We are rebuilding Pontchartrain Park and the Pro Player Insiders, past and present, are here to help,” said Pierce. “As we get ready for the Super Bowl, come join us celebrate and party with a purpose”

“It’s no secret the community and people of New Orleans hold a special place in my heart,” said Will Smith. “It was a no-brainer to team up with Wendell who feels the same and put on a VIP event that directly impacts our neighborhoods. I’m looking forward to a special event with my NFL family and supporters of The “Where There is A Will, There’s A Way” Foundation. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate having Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.”

Celebrity Guest in attendence includes: Marshall Faulk (Colts, Rams, HOF), Eric Dickerson (Rams, Colts, Raiders, Falcons HOF), Jabari Greer (Saints), Kirk Morrison (Bills), Calais Campbell (Cardinals), Le’Ron McClain (Chargers), Rob Jackson  (Redskins), Ray Brown (Redskins),  Andre Reed (Bills), Priest Holmes (Ravens, Chiefs), Antwan Barnes (Chargers), Chester Pitts (Texans) and Omar Benson Miller (Actor).  As well as some of this year’s Super Bowl players including Lardarius Webb (Ravens), Christian Thompson (Ravens), Jameel McClain (Ravens) and Laquan Williams (Ravens).

A limited number of TICKETS are available to the public and may be purchased online by clicking HERE. Proceeds will benefit Smith’s “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way” Foundation and Pierce’s Pontchartrain Neighborhood Association.

About Pro Player Insiders: brings a unique, behind the scenes look at the lives and lifestyles of the players of the National Football League with news, analysis, interviews, coverage of community events and featured contributions from current and former NFL players and their families. We work closely with NFL Players as an official licensed partner, which gives us exclusive access directly to the players and special events.

About Wendell Pierce:

Wendell Pierce is a native of New Orleans and an actor, best known for his work in HBO dramas, including his portrayal of Detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire” and is currently starring as the trombonist Antoine Batiste in “Treme”. Wendell is also the Chairman of the Pontchartrain Neighborhood Association which has been rebuilding that historic heart of the New Orleans community since it was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. For more information visit

About Will Smith:

Will Smith is a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints. He has been one of the club’s top performers since being drafted 18th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Smith was a 2006 Pro Bowl selection and was part of the Saint’s Super Bowl XLIV championship team. Smith is the founder of Where There’s a Will There’s A Way Foundation which is focused on leading youth to achieving greatness, Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way aims to motivate, educate and provide opportunities for women and youth. For more information visit

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