Saints quarterback to match funds toward hurricane efforts

MARY ESTHER — Surge Trampoline Park will be more than just a place for jumping this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, the indoor trampoline park is hosting a fundraiser backed by Surge's co-owner, who better known for his role as quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees.

“In the wake of Hurricane Michael and the devastation that it caused on the Florida Panhandle, we would like to host a fundraiser this coming Saturday and Sunday,” Brees said in a Facebook video. “A portion of the proceeds, as well as raffle proceeds, from this weekend’s event will all go to Safe Water For Walton, a 501c4 operation that is doing a lot for Hurricane Michael recovery.”

Chris Stuart of Encore Sports & Entertainment, who represents Drew Brees, said that the raffle will include signed Saints memorabilia and other prizes.

“Over the next two days, every half hour we are going to be running a raffle over at Surge Trampoline Park,” Stuart said. “It’s going to be really, really exciting. We will raffle off everything from signed photos to jerseys and footballs.”

The fundraiser is not only filled with signed Drew Brees and Surge items, but every dollar raised will be matched by the Brees Dream Foundation.

“Brittany and Drew do their best to help wherever they can,” said Surge co-owner Darren Balsamo. “When you look at the history of the Brees Dream Foundation, Drew and Brittany came to New Orleans right after (Hurricane) Katrina, so I think that when these types of storms come through they want to help as much as they can, and this area is near and dear to their hearts.”

Unfortunately, Brees will not be at the fundraiser due to his busy football schedule, but the raffle is open to all, even those who are not participating in the trampoline park.

“You don’t have to jump. We are just hosting there, because it is a part of the community and Drew (Brees) is co-owner on the property so that is really the only footprint we have in town,” Stuart said. “We are trying to do what is best for the community.”

As for Brees, he urged on his Facebook video for locals to come and be a part of the fundraiser, and help bring relief to those effected by Hurricane Michael.

“Please come out to Surge Trampoline Park in Fort Walton Florida this coming weekend, bring the whole family have a great time and know that the proceeds will be going to a great cause to help so many people recover from Hurricane Michael,” he said.