Tailgate, Etta James Meet Highlights Gym Week

The 2012 Etta James Memorial meet
The 2012 Etta James Memorial meet
Chris Parent (@chrisparent)
Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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BATON ROUGE - After beating No. 7 Georgia for the second time this season, the LSU gymnastics team now sets its sights on the "Tailgate for the Fight" against breast cancer on Thursday followed by the sixth annual Etta James Memorial Meet against Alabama Friday.

Former LSU football great Bradie James and his organization, Foundation 56, along with LSU coach D-D Breaux will host the annual "Tailgate for the Fight" Thursday from 6-9 p.m. CT in the Stadium Club inside Tiger Stadium.

Admission to the event is $56, and all money raised will go toward the fight against breast cancer in the local community.

The tailgate will be full of fun, food and spirited auction bidding throughout the event.

Auction items include a Jackson Hole Travel Package, an LSU gymnastics "Purple and Gold" quilt, autographed sports packages and many more great items.

To purchase tickets to the tailgate and to RSVP please call 225-578-8960 or e-mail promotions@lsu.edu.

The event serves as a tailgate party for the sixth annual Etta James Memorial gymnastics meet on Friday between LSU and SEC foe Alabama. The meet between the top-five rivals will be the home finale this season as well as senior night and alumni night.

The meet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center, and tickets are still available at a cost of $1. Not only can fans come out and support the Fighting Tigers against Alabama, but fans will also have the opportunity to help LSU gymnastics raise funds for Foundation 56 to fight breast cancer across Louisiana.

With a donation of $10 to Foundation 56, fans will receive a "Fight Like a Tiger" t-shirt. Youth and adult size shirts will be available in the upper concourse of the Maravich Center throughout the meet.

To purchase tickets to the meet, log on to www.LSUtix.net, call the LSU ticket office at 225-578-2184 or visit the ticket office in person on the first floor of the athletic administration building on campus.

Etta James Memorial committee members include Annie Alleva, D-D Breaux, Sylvia Duke, Gail Gaiennie, Debbie Heroman, Tammye "Ya'el" Lofton, Elise Kaufman, Aimee Simon, Lois Stuckey, and Sandy Young.

Foundation 56 was founded by James, who lost his mother, Etta, to breast cancer in 2002. Since that time James has made a personal pledge to help in the fight against the disease. James began the Foundation 56/Soul Survivors Fund with the specific purpose of supporting breast cancer awareness and screenings.

For more information about Foundation 56, log on to http://www.bradiejames.net/.




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