Jory Pitre will be smiling that infectious smile of his from above and upon the Bayou this Saturday when the Sixth Annual JP Bash fundraiser kicks off at the Cut Off Youth Center.
The event was a way for his friends, Scott and Lorey Boura, to do something grand in remembrance of Jory after he lost his battle with unclassified spindle cell sarcoma on July 16, 2012, only nine days after his twentieth birthday. This selfless act of love on the Boura’s part quickly became a tradition and grown tremendously over the last six years.
The annual event is also a lasting wish from Jory himself before his passing. The ability to pay it forward by raising funds to allow children with life-threatening illnesses to be granted a wish through the Troop C Grant-A-Wish (TCGAW) organization was something Jory held in very high regard.
Pitre’s mother, Zena said, “Jory new what a blessing TCGAW was for him. It gave him a reason to fight. He knew the wonderful impact it would have on children in our area who are facing debilitating diseases. This is why we continue to support TCGAW in Jory’s honor and raise money each year to bring smiles to the faces of local children suffering critical illnesses.”
One hundred percent of Bash donations are gifted to the Louisiana State Police Troop C Grant-A-Wish organization and dispersed in the form of wishes coming true for the community’s children plagued by disease.
Unlike the similar Make A Wish Foundation or Give Kids the World Organization, both of which provide grant wishing for children with life-threatening illnesses across the United States, Grant-A-Wish is localized in the Troop C area only and includes Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. James, and St. John Parishes on the west side of the Mississippi River. Funds raised here, stay here.
The relationship between Jory and Troop C Grant-A-Wish began after he received his diagnosis of unclassified spindle-cell sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer, in March of 2010. In Jory's case, the disease started with a tumor that began in his left hip and spread to his lungs. Dr. Brett Casey of Gulf Coasts Orthopedics in Houma discovered the tumor while treating Jory for an unrelated stress fracture in his calf.
Once diagnosed, Pitre underwent surgery and a multitude of chemotherapy rounds at the Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center over a span of more than two years. It was at that time, Dr. Casey who is a sponsor of Troop C’s GAW, contacted the organization on Pitre’s behalf and provided the introduction.
That introduction would prove inspirational and would last over the balance of Jory’s life and beyond.
Pitre’s memory continues to live on through JPB as well as other events in his name throughout the year. Proceeds from all events are donated to TCGAW. Maybe even more importantly, his vision recognized and brought to fruition, to help terminally ill children receive the opportunity of a wish coming true.
A child’s dream realized can make a lasting difference and can resonate with that child for their lifetime.
JPB has become a “must do” good time for a good cause in Lafourche Parish. From its humble beginnings six years ago when the first event was an adult only affair taking place at L’Esprit Lounge, raising a little more than $7,000, to the family-friendly grand gala at the Cut Off Youth Center, filling to near capacity each year raising $40,015.30 in 2017.
There will be silent and live auctions, as well as half and half drawings. Some of the items up for bid are cypress furniture that include folding bistro type chairs, a glider, and adult and children’s rocking chairs.
You can also try your hand at winning a handmade firepit, or a handmade table, a fifty-year anniversary football autographed by all of the Saints, paintings by Tracy Wisehart Plaisance, two large hand-carved decoys and two miniseries reproduction decoys from three-time world champion duck carver, Jett Brunet.
Other auction/raffle items are a children’s custom bicycle, jewelry, a two-month Peak Fitness membership, custom fender well truck tool boxes donated by Performance Auto, a charter fishing trip, gift cards, baskets for him and her, vouchers for Breaking the Code in Houma, fishing rod and reels, ice chests, and much, much more!
The Pitre family invites the community to come on out and enjoy some great food, music, and a plethora of activities for kids and adults alike. Live music will also be on hand beginning with an acoustical set from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. by Russ Cheramie and Jobi Allemand. The band Back At It will close out the show from 8 p.m. till midnight.
The Bash will kick off at the Cut Off Youth Center with doors opening to the public at 3 p.m. Adult tickets and children aged thirteen and up are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children aged three to twelve are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Children aged two and under are free.
For advance entry tickets, raffle tickets, to donate auction items or for more information visit Me-Maw’s Cajun Cuisine just inside Golden Meadow or contact Lorey Boura at 985-258-1147 or Zena Pitre at 985-696-7020. Sponsors include Gulf Coast Orthopedics, and the Boura family through their restaurant Me-Maw's Cajun Cuisine. All proceeds benefit Troop C Grant-A-Wish in memoriam of Jory Pitre.
Posted on Tue, July 10, 2018
by Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer