Spring is typically a very busy and productive time of the year for the Ponchatoula Jaycees, and this past spring proved to be no exception to that pattern. Things have finally slowed down long enough now for us to publicly report just how dynamic the past few months have been.
Civic organizations spend so much time in the planning and execution stages of fundraising events for our community that we all too often neglect to give as much attention to the equally important follow-up stage. Too often we fail to communicate to our community of donors and volunteers following such fundraisers, the results of our efforts. As a result of both the hard work of our chapter’s members and the generosity of our supportive community, we have not only been able to give back to our local community, but have also been afforded the opportunity to give to both a national and international level this year.
In the interest of transparency and for the purposes of quantifying the collective efforts of the Ponchatoula Jaycees with YOU the people, we would like to report the following final donation amounts that together we have raised in just the 2nd quarter of 2017:
Event: Strawberry Festival Beer Booths
Date: April 7-9, 2017
Beneficiaries: Ponchatoula All-Needs-Accessible Park/Playground Project (local), Little Wish Foundation (national), and UNICEF – Child Trafficking (international)
Amount donated: $1,300 to each charity, for a total of $3,900 raised from beer booth tips alone
Event: 19th Annual Milton Melancon-Harry McKneely Jambalaya Cook-Off
Date: April 29, 2017
Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Louisiana Chapter)
Amount donated: $6,275.57
Event: Memorial Weekend Car Wash
Date: May 27, 2017
Beneficiary: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Amount donated: $600.00
Event: Phillip Bougere Memorial Scholarship Award
Date: May 16, 2017
Beneficiary: 2017 PHS Senior, Kali Lowery
Amount awarded: $1,000 scholarship to SLU
Total charitable donations raised/awarded in a three month period = $11,775.57
For those not familiar with the three benefactors of our beer booth tips, here is a brief summary of each organization:
Ponchatoula All-Needs-Accessible Park/Playground Project
An accessible playground is one where everyone can get to and through the playground. Accessibility is about travel, movement, and approach or entry. So a playground that is accessible is one that is easy for a person who uses a mobility devise to maneuver to and around.
Little Wish Foundation
Little Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that that was started by Liz Niemiec , at age 17, and grants wishes to children with cancer. Since 2010, nearly 1,000 wishes have been granted to children across several states in America. We have witnessed these wishes bring hope and joy to a child in a very tough time. A little bit of help can make a big difference in a child’s life.
UNICEF – (Child Trafficking awareness research and prevention)
Protecting trafficked children requires timely victim identification, placing them in safe environment, providing them with social services, health care, psychosocial support, and reintegration with family and community if it is proven to be in their best interest. We hope our humble donation will aid in these efforts.
The Ponchatoula Jaycees would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to each of our members who put in countless hours of time, effort, and heart; to ensure that each one of these fundraising endeavors were the incredible successes that they were. Additionally, and as always, we could not continue to do what we do for our community without the support, loyalty, volunteers, partnerships, and kind generosity of the citizens of Ponchatoula and its local surrounding areas.