SINCE 2011

As all great ideas begin, the Ultimate Tailgate Party was created over a cold one with friends on a back porch in Louisiana. UTP is a non-profit annual fundraiser supporting the hosting organization, the Exchange Club, programs of service:

Americanism, Building a Strong Family Unit, and Child Abuse Prevention


We come together in order to eliminate child abuse in all forms, to foster the health and growth of a strong family unit, to promote Americanism, to strengthen the education of our children and to give ourselves in service to our community. 

August 25, 2018

Ultimate Tailgate Party

Covington Trailhead, 7pm

Tailgate and football fans will join the Exchange Club to kick off the 2018 football season and to raise money for the children and families of our community. This event is to raise money for the children and families of our community. Over the past 7 years the Exchange Club has given $390,000 back to our community with your help!

The event will have live music by Four Unplugged, an online silent auction, and live auction to contribute to our two annual beneficiaries. To show our appreciation to our sponsors, the Exchange Club will hold a Post-Event Beneficiary Celebration to distribute funds to beneficiaries for their various projects. We look forward to a successful 8th Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party!


Team Cooking


Live & Silent Auction Items


Four Unplugged

Mobile Bidding

Giving Back to our Community

Get Involved

Steering Committee

  • Chairman: Neal Clark
  • Co-Chairman: Kelly Blackwell-Cox
  • Sponsorship: Jimmy Hingle
  • Auction: Alexandra Clark
  • BBQ Competition: David Marquardt
  • Marketing/PR: Jacob Butcher
  • Decorations: Gretchen & Jim Yancey
  • Entertainment & Site: Fred Rittler
  • Registration: Thomas Mitchell


2018 BBQ Competition


  • Old Rail Brewing Company / Rugaroux Q
  • The Ducks
  • Swinel Richie / Fidelity Bank
  • Allegiance Title & Land Services
  • St. Tammany Parish Farm Bureau
  • Liberty Self Storage
  • Braud and Gallagher
  • Dixieland Forrest BBQ Team
  • Frog Bone
  • Geaux Creole
  • Patriot Title
  • The Barbacoa Brotherhood
  • Smoke
  • The Swine Krewe
  • Team Lagarde
  • Ballard Brands

Primary Beneficiary

The Character Development Learning Institute program is being delivered through the West St. Tammany YMCA’s Leaders Club.  This program encourages parent/teen involvement through weekly training and activities designed to develop character traits such as: Empathy, Responsibility, Relationship Building, Emotion Management and Personal Development.  This program promotes building stronger family units and assists in filling in the gaps that today’s young people face in their development. 

Secondary Beneficiary

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a program provided by the Youth Service Bureau that trains and supervises community volunteers from all walks of life to be a voice in Court for abused and neglected children, to help judges find them safe and permanent homes. CASA assists the Court in its determination of the best interest of children by providing a first-hand, independent perspective.  CASA benefits our community by working to help end the cycle of child abuse and helps children have what all children deserve - safe, permanent homes.

Title Sponsor

Super Bowl/BCS Championship Sponsor

NFC/SEC Championship Sponsor

J. Edgar Monroe Foundation

NFC Division/SEC West Sponsor

John & Tami Gavel

Black & Gold Sponsors

Northlake Nephrology

Purple & Gold Sponsor

Elizabeth Piner, CPA

Mark and Susan Blanchard

A Mini Storage

Sheriff Randy Smith

Waste Disposal, LLC

Winter's Title

Melerine Wealth Management