The Coach Wayne Reese Football Classic and Dinner will take place Wednesday, Oct.19 and Thursday, Oct. 20.

The dinner fundraiser at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant on the 19th will benefit the Coach Wayne Reese, Sr. scholarship program. And the football game will showcase the McDonogh 35 and George Washington Carver football teams on Oct. 20th at Pan American Stadium. 

During the two-day celebration, the Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation will present grants to benefit student-athletes at McDonogh 35 High School, George Washington High School and Booker T. Washington High School – the three schools where Wayne Reese had great impact. 

The Coach Wayne Reese, Sr. Scholarship will be awarded to student-athletes at each school that display leadership, high moral character, and that have been accepted and registered into a two- or four-year college. In addition, each school will be awarded funds for tutoring and educational enrichment program to ensure all student-athletes are meeting educational requirements for college admissions.  

Coach Wayne Reese, Sr., was recognized nationally, regionally and locally for his commitment to the development of young men. For five decades, he was one of the most influential coaches in Louisiana and remains one of only 24 coaches in the state to surpass 250 wins. Coach Reese served as head football Coach at Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Washington Marion (Lake Charles) and McDonogh 35 High Schools. Reese died in 2020 from complications related to coronavirus.

The Edgar “Dooky” Chase and Leah Chase Family Foundation mission is to cultivate and support organizations making significant contributions to education, creative and culinary arts and social justice.

The Oct. 19 Scholarship Dinner at Dooky Chase is $60.00 per person. It begins at 6:00 pm. Funds raised will be attributed to the Coach Wayne Reese Sr. Scholarship. Checks can be made to the Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation, please indicate Coach Wayne Reese Sr. Scholarship on the donation. 

For tickets to the dinner fundraising dinner, contact or call (504) 345-8431. Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 791313, New Orleans, LA 70179. 

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