Avalanche Preparation Essentials for Backcountry Skiers

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Avalanche Preparation
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A skilled entrepreneur, Billy Blatty has opened a number of different establishments throughout the South and Southwest parts of the country. When not work, Billy Blatty enjoys spending time outside, especially in the snow. An expert skier, he has competed in freestyle events and also likes to go backcountry skiing.

One of the biggest issues associated with backcountry skiing is avalanche safety. Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals should complete an avalanche safety course and ensure that they have the essential skills necessary for dealing with an avalanche.

The biggest necessity is an avalanche beacon, which will help officials search for anyone trapped in the snow. Newer beacons have a number of helpful features, but the main thing to think about is ease of use. Individuals should practice using their beacon until it becomes second nature. Some other essential items include a shovel for digging individuals out in the event of an avalanche and a probe, which helps search for people buried in snow.

Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals may want to purchase a backcountry ski pack, which has places for essential avalanche gear. Also, many ski packs now come with avalanche readiness kits.


New Orleans Mission’s Origins and Human Services

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New Orleans Mission
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An entrepreneur with a focus in restaurants and nightclubs, Billy Blatty is the sole owner or partner of nine establishments. Aside from working to build the respective brand of each business, Billy Blatty supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including the New Orleans Mission (NOM).

Created in 1989 to provide people who are homeless with essential services such as food and overnight shelter, NOM is the most prominent faith-based service provider to New Orleans’ homeless population. In its early years, the organization served as many as 80 guests each day at its shelter and had as many as 28,000 supporters. Its support base dropped significantly following Hurricane Katrina, but since 2012 NOM, under new leadership, has expanded its services and is helping more people than ever.

Today, NOM focuses on the three R’s of rescue, recovery, and re-engagement. Its rescue mission includes serving over 250,000 hot meals each year and providing shelter for as many as 230 people. The shelter population is often physically brought in from the street by NOM staff. Furthermore, the organization now provides addiction and mental health services to men and women, while offering a mentor program that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of relationships. Finally, NOM helps its shelter residents re-engage in society through vocational volunteer training, transitional housing, and church connections.

Hogs for the Cause Partners with Children’s Hospital

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Hogs for the Cause
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A restaurant and nightclub owner and designer, Billy Blatty’s businesses have been featured in The New York Times, Maxim, and Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s Top 100 Bars & Clubs in the United States. A supporter of numerous New Orleans charities, Billy Blatty lends his expertise and financial assistance to Hogs for the Cause, an annual barbecue competition and music festival that raises funds to fight pediatric brain cancer.

In addition to its fundraising efforts, Hogs for the Cause recently partnered with Children’s Hospital to build a multimillion-dollar, two-story, on-campus housing facility for families outside of New Orleans with a child receiving extensive ongoing treatment at the hospital.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the facility will feature 14 private bathroom family suites equipped with flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and mini refrigerators. Common areas will include a family lounge on both floors with games and activities for the children, as well as multiple kitchen spaces and a laundry room.

To donate to the Hogs House build, visit https://www.hogsforthecause.org/hogs-house.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Working to Find a Cure

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An independent entrepreneur in the restaurant industry, Billy Blatty serves as the principal owner and operator of many bars including the acclaimed Barcadia Bars, located in several cities throughout Texas and Louisiana. Apart from his professional endeavors, Billy Blatty also participates in fundraising activities for non-profit organizations. In 2015, he raised over $35,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, causing chronic infection and eventually limiting one’s ability to breathe. The types and severity of the disease’s symptoms can vary from one person to another, and also depend on when the disease was diagnosed. The differences in symptom type and severity thus determine the course of treatment for each patient with cystic fibrosis.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a leading institution that has been working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis since 1955. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance program, the Maryland-based organization is donor-funded and not for profit. It aims to achieve its objectives by funding extensive research on cystic fibrosis, providing expert care to patients with the disease through the foundation’s care centers all over the US, and helping patients and their families access medical, educational, and financial resources.

Denali Mountain – The Highest Peak in North America

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Denali Mountain
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The owner of several bars and clubs in Louisiana and Texas, Billy Blatty also aspires to be a mountaineer. After a rigorous six-month training program at Revolution Fitness Nola, Billy Blatty scaled Denali mountain in 2015.

Located in Alaska, Denali is the highest peak in North America. It was formerly known as Mount McKinley. The mountain’s height reaches 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level, cementing its status as the third highest peak in the world and the highest peak in North America. Denali is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world for climbers, mainly because of its location at a high latitude and the complex weather patterns found there. At times, mountaineers planning to climb the Himalayan peaks above 26,000 feet or setting out for a long expedition in the Arctic or Antarctic may also scale Denali for training purposes.

Denali was first sighted by an English navigator named George Vancouver in 1794. The first person to attempt climbing the mountain was James Wickersham, an American national, but Alaska native Walter Harper was the first to successfully reach the summit, in 1913. He was a team member of an expedition led by Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens.

Bullrun Live Rally – an Eight-Day Race Across the Nation

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Entrepreneur Billy Blatty owns numerous businesses, including Belle’s Diner and Ohm Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. A car rally enthusiast, Billy Blatty enjoys participating in the Bullrun Live Rally, an event he won in 2013 and 2014 as part of the Big Easy Bandits team.

The Bullrun Live Rally is an annual race that features drivers of high-end luxury vehicles. The invitation-only race spans eight days and requires a $20,000 registration fee per car. The cost covers entry for two people, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and meals. To ensure that all participants enjoy world-class service and exclusive parties, the race is limited to 100 cars.

Each day, racers are given a checkpoint to reach. Checkpoints remain a mystery until announced by race officials to ensure fair competition. Arrival at checkpoints, which have included famous racing circuits, marks the end of a day. At that time, racers can relax and celebrate with other competitors.

In past years, the Bullrun Live Rally has taken drivers to locations such as Los Angeles and Chicago. Celebrities like Mario Andretti, Dennis Rodman, and Hayden Christensen have participated in the festivities. To learn more about the event and where drivers will be headed in 2016, visit www.bullrun.com.