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 24, 2019

Ultimate Tailgate Party

Covington Trailhead, 7pm

Tailgate and football fans will join the Exchange Club to kick off the 2019 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 8 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 9th Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party!


Team Cooking


Live & Silent Auction Items


Four Unplugged


Giving Back to our Community

Get Involved

Steering Committee

  • Chairman: David Marquardt
  • Co-Chairman: Fred Rittler
  • Sponsorship: Jimmy Hingle
  • Auction: Alex Clark & Katie Palazzo
  • BBQ Competition: David Marquardt & Rory Roniger
  • Marketing/PR: Destine Lalas & Neal Clark
  • Decorations: Gretchen & Jim Yancey
  • Entertainment: Bo Jakins
  • Registration: Thomas Mitchell
  • Site: Pete McClenahan & Michael LoProto
  • Food & Beverage: Betsy Tarkington
  • Volunteers: Raina Rudolph & Mary Slazer


Primary Beneficiaries

Trust-Based Relational Interventions®, an evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced multiple traumatic events is to be implemented by Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House. TBRI® is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, it is often difficult for these children to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing behaviors. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential.

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 firs-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.

Secondary Beneficiary

The Character Development Learning Institute program is being delivered through the West St. Tammany YMCA’s Leaders Club. This program encourages parent/ten 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.

Title Sponsor

Super Bowl/BCS Championship Sponsor

NFC/SEC Championship Sponsor

NFC Division/SEC West Sponsor

Ernest Yancey

Black & Gold Sponsors

Mike Whittmore

Purple & Gold Sponsors

Jeff & Betsy Tarkington

St. Tammany Sheriff
Randy Smith