Geaux Rocco’s :: Changing The World Series One Shot At A Time

Every year when the College World Series rolls around, a whole new group of fans gets let in on what I have always known: Omaha is an amazing little city! This year, there is a new break out star of the 10 day series: Rocco’s Pizza & Cantina.Rocco's Pizza & Cantina

Born and proudly raised in the Cornhusker state, a piece of my heart still lives there. I actually went to a World Series game when I was little, when it was still at the old Rosenblatt Stadium. I always joke with people “Midwest is Best!” despite having lived down here since 1998.

Growing up as a little girl in Omaha, Nebraska, never did I think that I would live in Louisiana, much less attend LSU! But I do, and I did, thanks to a series of events when I was a child. Which has also lead me to my new found love for Rocco’s.

Todd Graves purchases enough shots to help LSU break the Rocco’s CWS Shot Challenge 06/19/23

Rocco’s Pizza & Cantina, established in 2018, started the “College World Series Shot Challenge” which benefits the Food Bank For The Heartland along with the 8 teams’ local food banks that are in the College World Series. $1 goes to the food bank of Omaha and $1 goes to the team it was purchased for. Last year, Ole Miss held the record with 18,777. Until today, when our very own Todd Graves (the founder of Raising Cane’s) ordered enough shots to beat that record putting LSU at 21,435. How amazing for the local Omaha community, our Baton Rouge neighbors, and every team that participates in the College World Series! So much money has been raised and we still have a week to go.

Rocco’s, your shot challenge may not seem like a big deal to some, but just know, you are changing someone’s life, one little Jell-O shot at a time.

See, in between the time that I lived in Omaha and here, my mom went through a tough time. When she needed help with my brother and I, she turned to The Food Bank For The Heartland for much needed assistance. At 11, I still remember going to pick up the groceries and it’s been a memory that I had tucked away until this week. Suddenly, I am feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for things like this, for a drinking competition that will be helping put food into little mouths just like mine 27 years ago. Being a mom to an eleven year old myself now, I truly understand just how important these community services are … and the people that support them.

So here I am, 38 and cheering on my beloved Tigers with my own kids, as we hopefully head towards a baseball championship. But I am also here, 1,000 miles away, cheering on all theRocco's CWS Shot Challenge Jell-O shot loving fans in Omaha drinking at Rocco’s! Keep on, drinking on for what I can personally say, is an amazing cause. Some little fan out there may be having dinner tonight because of you!

If you would like to purchase shots for your team and add to the donation for Rocco’s visit the website hereGeaux Tigers!

Dana Wattigney
Moving from Nebraska in middle school, Dana considers herself a New Orleanian 25 years later. She now lives in Belle Chasse with her husband Ryan, 12-year-old Mila, and 8-year-old Rex. As the Executive Director of the YMCA in her community, she is very involved in all aspects of family life. You can find her on the weekend doing DIY projects, cheering on LSU or the Saints, and spending time with her family. A lover of all revelry, there is no festival, concert, or event that she won't go to! Catch her with the Krewe of Cleopatra each Mardi Gras. She gets out of town with her kids as much as possible, they enjoy the outdoors, especially the mountains & the beach. Affectionately known as "Dana Dolittle" to her friends, you can expect her to have a random animal she is trying to help at any given time. Dana loves to write & says there are no topics off limits.



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