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Fishing rodeo to raise money for injured firemen

Fishing rodeo to raise money for injured firemen

Every single day, firemen put their lives on the line in an effort to keep locals safe.

A fishing rodeo set for May 21 aims to show its appreciation for those men and women – aiming to raise much-needed money to assist injured firemen who have been burned.

The Lafourche Parish Fire District 3 Firefighters Association will hold its first-ever fishing rodeo on May 21 at the Golden Meadow Park Pavilion.

Proceeds for the day will be donated to the Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center – a place where firemen and military members can go to be healed after being burned on the job.

Event organizer Phil Gilligan said tickets are $30 a piece, and he hopes everyone will turn out to support the worthwhile cause.

“Numbers are a little down, because the economy is struggling, but we hope for a large, fun-filled day,” Gilligan said. “We think it’s a great cause, and we’re hopeful that people will enjoy what we hope to make an annual event the community can enjoy.”

There will be more than just fishing going on at the rodeo. Gilligan said beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a live DJ on hand to supply music at the park – tunes that will be in the air throughout the entirety of the day.

Chefs will also be flipping burgers and grilling hot dogs, which obviously means that participants should come on an empty stomach.

“There will be food and there will be water and soft drinks, and it will all be good, I can assure you,” Gilligan said.

The format of the rodeo is loose. Unlike other rodeos, anglers at the firemen’s even will not be restricted on where they can fish.

Gilligan said weigh-ins will begin at noon, and awards will be handed out at 3 p.m.

A children’s rodeo has also partnered with the event, and the two will hand out awards at the same time.

“For our rodeo, you can fish anywhere you want,” Gilligan said. “You can fish offshore, out in Fourchon or behind the park where we’re going to weigh in. It doesn’t matter to us. Wherever people want to fish, they’ll still be welcome.”

The event will also feature a silent auction, and raffles will be sold for $1 a pop with the opportunity to win various prizes.

Gilligan said event organizers will sell rodeo tickets – right through the day of the event.

Folks are also planning to sell tickets this weekend at Walmart.

Those interested in competing are asked to call Jada Pitre at (985)-632-8068.

Gilligan said the event is worth the support. He said the hospital receiving the funds is one of the best at what it does.

“It’s the place where firemen go when they get injured,” he said. “Those adults need a quality hospital, and they do great work there. We have a great interest in them. It’s a good cause that’s worth supporting.”