The Association of St. Augustine High School Alumni - DFW 

2022 Mardi Gras Ball


About the Mardi Gras Ball

The Association of St. Augustine Alumni – DFW Chapter’s Annual Mardi Gras Ball is a premier fundraising gala and major social event focusing on raising awareness and support for our alma mater’s 69-year mission of educating and molding deserving young black men in the city of New Orleans to become leaders equipped to improve the world. This exclusive, “must-attend” event is designed to be one of DFW’s finest evenings of fun, good food, glitz and glamour that will have attendees feeling like they are in New Orleans enjoying the pageantry of Mardi Gras.

Based on New Orleans traditions, the BALL is known for its food and music including Carnival Indians and a Brass Band. For our inaugural event, we are honored to have Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Mr. Dean Baquet to serve as our Grand Marshall. Mr. Baquet is the executive editor of the New York Times and is also a proud 1974 graduate of St. Augustine High School.

Event Details

The annual Mardi Gras Ball is the DFW Chapter’s largest and most significant event each year. The event targets local DFW professionals, corporations, small businesses and other community-based organizations. For five (5) hours attendees will experience the flare of New Orleans hospitality, music, food and fun. When complete, everyone will have learned a little bit about the cause of helping St. Aug to continue its mission and how their support improves the lives of students and their families.

When: January 22, 2022 - 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Where: Ruthe Jackson Center – Grand Prairie, TX


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The Event Venue

The Ruthe Jackson Center


3113 S Carrier Parkway  Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Your Entertainment

Soulful Soundz Band

Zulu King-elect
Randolph Rudy Davis!

George Mccullum

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Unfaded Brass Band

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Tramps


D.J. Professor Breez

Why Sponsor?

Sponsors of this event will gain access to a ground floor opportunity to market their brand, products or services to professionals from across the DFW area and from cities across the US. Our fellow chapter in Atlanta has been hosting their Mardi Gras Ball for 15 years and now attracts over 1,500 guests annually to their event. While we have chosen to cap attendance to our inaugural event at 400 in order to ensure that we produce the right experience, we fully expect to grow our event to the scale of our brethren in Atlanta. Professionals who attend this event will come from all walks of life and are consumers of all types of goods and services. We encourage you to take a look at this unique opportunity to support our ‘party with a cause’ and grow with us over the coming years. The Association of St Augustine H.S. DFW Alumni is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.

From left to right, Leonard Fournette, C/O 2014, Tyrann Mathieu,  C/O 2010. Futured Stars of the 55th NFL Super Bowl.

Photo of Grammy Award Winning Artiste Jon Batiste Class of 2004. Musician for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

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of African American History and

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2022 Mardi Gras Ball - Sponsorship Packages

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Our 2022 Grand Marshal
Avery Johnson  Class of 1983


Avery DeWitt Johnson (born March 25, 1965) is an American basketball coach

 and former player who most recently served as head coach of the Alabama Crimson

Tide men's basketball team.

Johnson spent 16 years in the National Basketball Association as a player,

and subsequently served as the head coach of two NBA teams: the Dallas Mavericks

and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. He led the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals appearance

and to three consecutive 50+ win seasons. During his playing days, Johnson was known

as the "Little General" for his small stature (by NBA standards), his leadership skills

as a point guard, and his close friendship with former San Antonio Spurs teammate

David Robinson.

Playing career


As a high school senior in 1983, Johnson led New Orleans' St. Augustine High School to a 35–0 record and the Class 4A Louisiana State Championship. Johnson matriculated at New Mexico Junior College before moving on to Cameron University, and finally Southern University, at which in his senior season in 1988 he led NCAA Division I with 13.3 assists per game, an all-time record.[1] In that season, he also averaged 11.4 points per game, making him the first men's Division I player ever to average double figures in points and assists in the same season—a feat that was not duplicated until Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn did so in 2013–14. Upon graduation in 1988, Johnson was not selected in the NBA draft.



Palm Beach Stingrays (1988)

Johnson spent the summer of 1988 with the Palm Beach Stingrays of the United States Basketball League. In 43 games, Johnson averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 assists as a reserve. Johnson also played in six playoff games for the Stingrays.

Various NBA teams (1989–1994)

In the 1989–90 season, Johnson played 53 games with 10 starts for the Seattle SuperSonics. He made 18 assists on January 5, 1990 against the Miami Heat.

On October 24, 1990, the SuperSonics traded Johnson to the Denver Nuggets for a conditional pick in the 1997 NBA draft. After playing 21 games, Johnson was waived from the Nuggets in December before signing with the San Antonio Spurs on January 17, 1991. Johnson played 47 games with seven starts for the Spurs and averaged 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.

In the beginning of the 1991–92 season, Johnson played 20 games and averaged 5.0 points and 6.8 assists for the Spurs before being waived in December. On January 10, 1992, Johnson signed the first of several 10-day contracts with the Houston Rockets that preceded a longer-term contract. Johnson scored a then-career-high 22 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 28.

Signed as an unrestricted free agent, Johnson returned to the Spurs on November 19, 1992. Promoted to starter, Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 7.5 assists and improved his field goal percentage to .502 in 75 games. In the playoffs, Johnson averaged 8.2 points and 8.1 assists.

Johnson signed with the Golden State Warriors on October 25, 1993 and was named team captain just nine days into his signing. Starting 70 of 82 games, Johnson reached a new career high 10.9 points per game along with 5.3 assists per game.

San Antonio Spurs (1994–2001)

Johnson is best known for his time with the Spurs from 1994 to 2001, and particularly his integral role on the 1998–99 Spurs team that won the NBA championship against the New York Knicks. Most notably, Johnson made the go-ahead, championship-clinching shot in Game 5 on a jumper with 47 seconds remaining in the game.[5] The Spurs retired Johnson's number 6 on December 22, 2007.[6] He was also inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame on February 20, 2009.

After the Spurs

On July 19, 2001, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets. Johnson played 51 games (13 starts) with the Nuggets and averaged 9.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.[8] The Nuggets traded Johnson and three other players to the Dallas Mavericks on February 21, 2002. Johnson played 17 games all as a reserve with the Mavericks for the rest of the season.[8]

In the 2002–03 season, Johnson played in 48 games as a reserve for the Mavericks, averaging 9.0 minutes per game. Johnson ended his NBA career in the 2003–04 season back with the Golden State Warriors. He played 46 games with one start and averaged 4.6 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.[8]

Post-playing career

Dallas Mavericks

On October 28, 2004, Johnson retired from playing and signed as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks under Don Nelson. Johnson had played under Nelson from 2001 to 2003, and it was understood from the beginning that he was being groomed to eventually succeed Nelson as head coach. His transition from assistant to head coach came five months later on March 19, 2005, after Nelson resigned.

Under Johnson, the Mavericks closed out the 2004–05 season with a 16–2 run and a first-round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets, before being eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs. Johnson was named the April 2005 NBA Coach of the Month, only one month after becoming a head coach for the first time.


Johnson as the head coach of the Mavs, 2008

The 2005–06 season was even more successful for Johnson and was marked by a series of milestones. In November 2005, Johnson won his second NBA Coach of the Month award (which was also his second consecutive award, following the one he had won in April the previous season), making him the first NBA coach to win the award in his first two months as a head coach. On January 28, 2006, when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, Johnson's record as head coach improved to 50–12, making Johnson the fastest coach to reach 50 wins. In February 2006, he was chosen to coach the 2006 NBA All-Star team for the Western Conference. Although Johnson ultimately led the Mavericks to the second-best record in the Western Conference, the team entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the West due to the structure of the 2006 NBA Playoffs seeding. In April 2006, Johnson was rewarded for his success throughout the season with the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year Award.

In June 2006, after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns in the first three rounds of the playoffs, Johnson led the Mavericks to their first ever NBA Finals appearance. However, the Mavs were defeated in six games by the Miami Heat, losing four straight after winning the first two games.

On December 31, 2006, Johnson became the fastest head coach (at the time) to win 100 games when his squad defeated the Denver Nuggets. This record was later broken by Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls. In the 2006–07 season, Johnson's Mavericks had the best record in the NBA with 67 wins and entered the playoffs as the top seed. However, his Mavericks lost to the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors, led by former Mavericks head coach Don Nelson, in one of the biggest upsets in recent NBA history.

With the Mavs' win over the Grizzlies on November 18, 2007, Johnson became the fastest coach to reach 150 wins. Following the 2007–08 season, the Mavericks under Johnson were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. A day later, on April 30, 2008, Johnson was dismissed as head coach of the Mavericks and replaced by former NBA Coach of the Year, Rick Carlisle.[9][10][11]

First stint at ESPN

On October 17, 2008, Johnson joined ESPN as a studio analyst. He remained in that role for two seasons, until he received an offer to become head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets

On June 10, 2010, Johnson was hired as head coach of the New Jersey Nets, which had just finished a dismal 2009–10 campaign with a 12–70 record. In his first year as coach of the Nets, the team improved slightly, doubling its win total from the previous season and finishing 24–58. However, the next year saw no such improvement, as his team went 22–44 in the lockout-shortened season.

Johnson remained with the Nets when the team moved to Brooklyn in 2012. He was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November 2012 following an 11–4 start to the season. Despite that early success, the team went on to lose ten of its next 13 games, and subsequently Johnson was fired from his head coaching position on December 27, 2012.

Second stint at ESPN

In 2013, Johnson rejoined ESPN to appear as an analyst on SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, and NBA Tonight.


On April 5, 2015, ESPN reported that Johnson had verbally agreed to become the new head basketball coach at the University of Alabama, replacing Anthony Grant.[17] The following day, the university officially announced Johnson's hiring as the school's 21st men's basketball coach.[18] After losing in the first round of the 2019 National Invitation Tournament, Alabama and Johnson agreed to mutually part ways.

Our 2022 King Elect
Glenn G Johnson     Class of 1988


Glenn G Johnson was born at Touro Hospital in New Orleans, LA.  

In his grade school years, Glenn lived on Broad Street and

St Bernard Avenue in a house located across from Al Scramuzza’s

Seafood City.  Glenn attended Corpus Christy Catholic School.

 During his middle school, Glenn’s family moved to Dreux Avenue

in Gentilly Woods.

At St Augustine High School as a senior, Glenn worked with Mr. Edwin Hampton on new T-shirt designs for the St Augustine High School Marching 100 Band.  Glenn graduated from St Augustine High School as a proud member of the Class of 1988.
Glenn attended Xavier University of LA in New Orleans and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Marketing. At Xavier, he pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. in the Fall of 1991. He was a part of the X.U. Fashion Show Committee and the Xavier Yearbook staff.   Also, while at Xavier University, Glenn worked with Mr. Edwin Hampton and Ray Johnson to design and screen print shirts and promotional materials for the Marching 100.  Glenn notes that by Mr. Hampton taking a chance on a 19-year-old kid allowing him to produce the shirts for the Marching 100 Band, Mr. Hamp helped to pay Glenn’s way through Xavier University. For that, Glenn is forever dedicated and devoted to supporting St Augustine High school.

Professional Career 

Glenn worked at Hewlett Packard as a Retail Sales Manager managing retail accounts across the gulf south region. From there he went on to work at Cox Communications LLC in New Orleans, LA as the Outside Sales Channel Manager. While at Cox Glenn hosted manger sales events like the Louisiana Home & Garden Shows, ESPN events, Movie premier events, The NFL Superbowl Experience, and many more promotional sales events. 

After Hurricane Katrina, Glenn and his family relocated to Dallas, Texas.  In Dallas, Glenn worked for DIRECTV as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for the in-store Costco Sales Team.  He also helped to launch the DIRECTV/ AT&T joint retail sales program.   Glenn went on to work for Nestle Waters North America as the Regional Sales Manager for North Texas.


Glenn currently is the owner and CEO of JAGG_START LLC.  

Flight Simulator FSX Scenery 3rd party developer.

For over 12 years, Glenn Johnson worked as a 3rd party scenery developer for Microsoft Flight Simulator X program.  He is the owner of FSX Photo Real Sceneries, LLC.   Glenn has created high quality "photo imagery" sceneries for Microsoft Flight Simulator enthusiasts across the globe. His mission was to create photo realistic airports to make the flight simulator experience “as REAL as it gets”. Glenn Johnson’s sceneries have been featured in several magazines and websites including PC Aviator, PC PILOT Magazine, and FS MAGZIN, for the LAX and New Orleans International airport designs.

Family Life

Glenn is married to his lovely wife of 27 years, Andrea C Johnson. They have two beautiful daughters Gabrielle and Alexandria Johnson. Glenn’s parents, Joseph and Carolyn Johnson currently reside in New Orleans. Glenn has two Brothers, Ken ’82 and Johnathan Johnson ‘95 that are also graduates of St Augustine High School. His Brother-in-Law, Andrew Collier Jr. also graduated in 2008 from St Augustine High School continuing the Purple Knight family tradition.

St Aug DFW Alumni Chapter Service

Glenn Johnson is Currently the Vice President of the St Augustine H.S. DFW Alumni Chapter and he is also the Chairmen of the Mardi Gras Ball Committee.  Glenn has previously served as the chapter's Recording Secretary for 5 years and a charter member of the St Aug DFW Alumni Chapter.

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Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Grand Prairie

2850 S State Hwy 161, Grand Prairie, TX 75052



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All proceeds raised will help support a student scholarship fund for St Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA. Non Profit 501c3 filling information available upon request.

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