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.
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.
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.