> Journalist; Co-Founder, Bloomberg News
"Fathers teach sons by being there for them and setting an example over decades of countless learning moments. For boys who don’t have that experience, Son of a Saint fills the void. Mentors provide a structured process of ‘being there,’ supported by an organization that inspires boys to embrace integrity, commitment and gratitude as they grow into well-rounded, knowledgeable and enlightened citizens of the world. The impact on boys’ lives is invaluable."
> Recording Artist
"As the mother to a young son, I have a deep appreciation for the work of Son of a Saint. Right now, our young men need a space for all the love, motivation and wonderful energy shared by this organization. I encourage more people to support Son of a Saint to let these boys in our communities visualize, realize and achieve their highest dreams."
> Forward, Miami Heat
"A strong guiding role model is crucial for a young man growing up and learning about the world. I personally can identify with the need for a positive mentor or male figure based on my past experience during my youth. Son of a Saint is a beacon of hope, change and possibility, not only for the young men they help directly, but also for the larger communities these boys exist in, live in and represent."
Dr. John Nicklow
> President, University of New Orleans
"I value our partnership with Son of a Saint; the organization brings a tremendously positive impact to our community by mentoring and supporting young men who have the potential to be tomorrow’s leaders."
> Maroon 5; Founder, Morton Records
"Sonny and I grew up together, so I got a subtle firsthand glimpse at how losing a father figure can potentially impact a young man. Seeing Son of a Saint grow from that experience is no surprise to me, but it’s definitely something I’m proud to see come to life. We need to keep supporting this cause to make sure Son of a Saint continues to uplift more boys in our community."
> Former New Orleans Saint, Activist
"The positive influence of an engaged and available father is essential for a child's development. Son of a Saint's role is filling a void for kids in New Orleans. They are a spectacular organization, and a model for any organization that is focused on repairing the fabric of our communities."
> New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer
"I understand the importance of a strong team when it comes to making real progress. When everyone is selflessly working together, towards a common goal, that’s when the magic happens and that’s when you win big. Son of a Saint is a winning team that’s going strong, and I believe the best of this organization is still yet to come!"
> Punter, New Orleans Saints
"With the social challenges, New Orleans has, Son of a Saint is a major player in ensuring a bright future. Seeing the impact that this program has on these kids firsthand made a huge impression on me. I am proud to say that both myself and my foundation support this amazing organization."
> President & CEO, NOTMC
"Our community is fortunate to have the dedication and passion of Sonny Lee and the team at Son of a Saint as they work tirelessly to help improve the lives of our young men."
> Former United States Attorney
"Son of a Saint is one of our city's most important assets. It focuses on preventing crime by breaking the cycles of violence and incarceration that entrap too many of our young people."
William H. Hines
> Managing Partner, Jones Walker
"Son of a Saint is a remarkable organization providing indispensable services, mentors, and support to fatherless youth in the city of New Orleans."
> NFL Player, Writer, Speaker
"With fatherlessness on the rise we are in desperate need of authentic manhood displayed, especially to our young men. Son of a Saint is courageously filling that need, standing in the gap and impacting the next generation of fathers, husbands and leaders. I'm honored to stand with them as they serve, affirm and empower our youth."
> Jazz Trumpeter, Composer
"It was great to see the group of Son of a Saint Mentees on their trip to Washington DC, where I got a chance to meet with them at the Kennedy Center after a performance of Bud, Not Buddy. They are great kids. Son of a Saint is an incredible organization that provides mentors and support to inspiring young boys and men in the city of New Orleans, and I am happy to be part of broadening their experience."
> Midfielder, Chesapeake Bayhawks
"My dad was highly instrumental in my upbringing, including my decision to play lacrosse. Needless to say, I thank him. I also understand and value the importance of a strong father figure as a positive role model and influence for a young man. It’s crucial. I welcome the opportunity to be an example to the young men who benefit from the work of Son of a Saint."
Stephen Stryjewski & Donald Link
"My father showed me how to be honest, have integrity, work hard, and respect others and myself. Son of a Saint provides that kind of positive mentorship." –Stryjewski
"Being a father has taught me how impressionable children are. Son of a Saint surrounds boys with positive male role models who provide critical support, guidance and encouragement. "–Link
"I have been an avid supporter of Son of a Saint since its founding. This organization has changed the lives of fatherless young boys through its tireless mission of mentorship, education, and community service. Sonny Lee has executed his vision through hard work, dedication, and total devotion to the young boys whose lives he has touched."
> Owner, River Rock Stone Works
"My father was in my life until he passed at the age of 82, so it is hard for me to imagine being raised without one in today’s world. Son of a Saint teaches boys what it means to be a man in the truest sense of the word. The impact on mentees’ families and our entire community is tremendous. I consider it a blessing and an honor to be both a mentor and financial partner, and I am excited about growing both relationships in the future."
Theodore C. Sanders, III
> CEO, Louisiana Asset Management Pool
"Young people are our future, and it’s our responsibility to help them understand what lies ahead. The mentors and staff at Son of a Saint coordinate and provide vital resources to help them navigate that path."