In an effort to raise cash for local charities working to combat the effects of the Gulf oil spill, the New Orleans Saints rallied to create a one-of-a-kind raffle -- and give one lucky fan a souvenir unlike any other.
Thanks to the generosity of Tiffany and Co., the Saints were able to offer an official Super Bowl XLIV Championship Ring identical to the one that was awarded to the ownership, players, coaches and administrative staff. It's believed to be a never before opportunity for a football fan to win a piece of NFL history and to assist those most affected by the oil spill.
The winner, announced last night on Monday Night Football, hails from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was one of many who helped the Saints rake in more than $1.4 million for local charities. "We sincerely thank all of the people who graciously donated their hard-earned money to the Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund and we, as an organization, take an immense amount of pride in helping to assist the people in the region that are directly impacted and need the support," said Saints Owner Tom Benson.
Beyond the raffle, the Saints have already allocated $500,000 to local charities that are responding to the recent oil spill disaster. To find out more on how you can become involved, check out their official fund page here.