To help promote their charity fundraiser, Toast for the Coast, the New Orleans Pelicans sent forwards Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, to meet the aquatic animals that live there and to talk up the event in a series of promo videos. Many NBA teams hold different charity fundraisers every year but Toast for the Coast is slightly different as the funds raised, will directly help the team’s namesake, the brown pelican. From the team’s website:
As the New Orleans Pelicans continue their first season with a new look and identity, the organization remains focused on its core initiatives: Enriching communities in the Gulf South by promoting literacy and leadership, advocating healthy and active lifestyles, and increasing awareness and funding research to preserve the health and vitality of our coastal wetlands. The funds raised at this year’s “Toast for the Coast” will benefit the Audubon Institute and its efforts to save the coastline for generations to come and the animals that call the Wetlands home, including the brown pelican.
For the first time ever, “Toast for the Coast” will be two events in one. The first portion of the evening, an intimate Patron Party, gives guests the opportunity to mingle with Pelicans players while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The fun continues with the second portion of the evening that includes food, interactive stations with Pelicans players, and a silent auction as guests explore the exotic Audubon Aquarium.
You should watch all four videos below but here are some of the highlights:
- If Anthony Davis had to be a sea animal, he would like to be a sea horse. Also he doesn’t eat fish, which seems insane since he lives in a city with delicious seafood!
- If Ryan Anderson had to be a sea animal, he would like to be a sea otter or a dolphin.
- Ryan Anderson imagining having a bedroom surrounded by fish.
- Ryan Anderson using the word “Duh” emphatically in 2014.
- Anthony Davis pretending to be a penguin:
For more info on Toast for the Coast visit the Pelicans’ website.