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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Father's Day weekend event planned for Saturday in Raceland

Father's Day weekend event planned for Saturday in Raceland

The public is invited to attend an event centered around the celebration of Father's Day. As part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Father's Day initiative, a special father's day program will be held this Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rev. Lloyd Wallace Center located at 3603 Highway 308 in Raceland.

The event will be hosted by the Housing Authority of Lafourche Parish in conjunction with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and Lafourche Parish Government.

The focus of this Father's Day event is to be a "starting point" - either to strengthen the bond of existing relationships, or a reason to form those fatherly connections. The four-hour program will feature free food, games, activities and entertainment, including a performance by the Gee Twirlers Majorette Team. A bounce house has also been donated for use by Club Hot Spot in Thibodaux.

Additionally, Al Carter will speak on a topic called, "I am a Man, I am a Father, I am Responsible for the Future." Explorers from Post 323 will be present to assist with games and activities.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend - especially the tenants of the Housing Authority of Lafourche Parish housing developments, as well as recipients of the Housing Choice Vouchers.

Adapted from the New York City Housing Authority's Fatherhood Initiative, HUD's National Father's Day Initiative was developed in response to the stark socio-economic data indicating how children and youth are being negatively affected by father-absent homes. According to HUD statistics, the majority of public housing families with children are headed by single women who earn less than $9,000 annually. While they do a commendable job of raising their children, statistics drawn from communities across the country indicate children raised in families where the father is absent are more at risk for a host of negative factors. This initiative is designed to bring fathers together with their children to participate in activities together by strengthening family bonds.