Coach “O” Committee distributes $30,000 to local organizations
On February 17, a group of local businessmen and community leaders held a very successful welcome home banquet for Larose native and new LSU head football coach, Ed “Bebe” Orgeron.
They called it Coach “O” Day.
This was also an occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the South Lafourche High School 1977 State Championship win and honor the players and coaches on that team.
Coach “O” met with the organizing committee and said he wanted any profits made from the banquet to be given to local charities and non-profit organizations. He wanted to help the poor, the sick, and the hungry in our area.
The Coach “O” Board of Directors selected several outstanding business leaders from the south Lafourche area to assist in recommending organizations to receive financial contributions from this group. The monies have been distributed from Valentine to Grand Isle to churches’ social ministry programs, drug dependency and family counseling programs, and activities for children and adults with special needs.
Recipients of the $30,000 distributed include: Community Bible Church of Lafourche; Gulf Coast Bible Church; Hope Center; Israelite Baptist Church; Louisiana Special Olympics; Mt. Zion Baptist Church; New Life Counseling Center; One Day At A Time; Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church; Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church; Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church; Sacred Heart Catholic Church; St. Joseph Sr. Holy Name Society; and We Can All Ring, Inc. (Bayou Bell Ringers).
The Coach “O” Board of Directors has asked each organization receiving a grant to inform the Board how the funds have been used at six and twelve month intervals. Some additional monies have been reserved for emergency or future needs.
The Coach “O” Board of Directors thanks the community for their support and wants to let everyone know that plans are underway for another event to take place next spring.
Posted on Fri, June 16, 2017
by Larry D. Weidel, Contributing Writer