In light of the recent shooting deaths of law enforcement officers, local citizens have teamed up to organize an event that will raise funds to purchase new bullet proof vests and safety equipment for Lafourche Parish police officers.
Chris Cheramie, Dean Cheramie and Dennis Dufrene wanted to let local law enforcement officers know that people in Lafourche Parish support them. They also wanted to help provide safer equipment for the men and women in blue; so they teamed up and designed yard signs that would help raise funds and also show our hometown heroes just how much they are appreciated.
“The idea started with the signs, then we decided to do stickers and magnets and then it went to a full out event at the Cut Off Youth Center,” said Chris. “It just keeps growing!”
On Sunday, August 14, an event titled Bayou Backing the Badge will be held at the Cut Off Youth Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Safety demonstrations will be conducted throughout the day by various agencies. K-9 units will be on hand, different departments including the Fire Department, Port Commission, Golden Meadow and Lockport Police Departments, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and others will be there talking to attendees and showing their equipment.
Yard signs will be sold for $20 each while stickers and magnets will go for $10 a piece. All three of the items will say, “We Support Our Law Enforcement!”
“We want everyone to have yard signs, car stickers or magnets so when the police drive down your street, or pull you over, they know that you support them and aren’t a danger,” Chris said.
There will also be an auction held during the event with proceeds going to the cause. Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction can contact Tad Gaspard at 985-215-8595 by Thursday, August 11.
The Sweet Treats truck will be there with lots of cool refreshments and a portion of proceeds will go to the fundraiser as well. There will be free face painting and rock painting also!
Plate lunches will be sold for $8 each and will consist of either white beans and rice with fried fish or jambalaya with fried fish. Money raised from the plate lunches will benefit the Cut Off Youth Center since they are allowing the event to be located there free of charge.
“We want our community to band together, help raise funds for a worthy cause and then show pride that they donated and that they support our police officers by displaying their signs and stickers,” said Chris. “It’ll be a fun day with lots to do. We hope to see everyone out there backing the badge!”
For more information on Bayou Backing the Badge or to get involved, contact Chris Cheramie 985-665-3553.
Anyone who cannot attend the event can donate money online at www.gofundme.com by searching Bayou Backing the Badge. The account will be available until August 14 at 5 p.m.
Posted on Tue, August 9, 2016
by Laurie Laine Coleman Staff Writer