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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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JP Bash remembers life of local man

JP Bash remembers life of local man

The Cut Off Youth Center will be jam-packed this weekend – filled to near-capacity with people eager to raise money to honor a local man who died too soon after a battle with cancer.

The Fourth-Annual JP Bash will take place Saturday at the Cut Off Youth Center, an all-day affair that remembers the life of Jory Pitre – a Cut Off native who lost his fight with the deadly disease in 2012.

Proceeds from the day go in Jory’s name to Louisiana State Police Troop C’s Grant-A-Wish – an organization which allows sick children a chance to see their dreams come true during their time left on earth.

It’s a goal Jory said he wanted while still on earth, and it’s one family, friends and community members are happy to deliver with a day of fun, music, food and entertainment anyone can enjoy.

“It is truly the most amazing experience I’ve ever been a part of,” said event organizer Scotty Boura, of MeMaw’s Cajun Cuisine in Golden Meadow. “Giving back for something like this is so great. Pretty much everyone can say that they have been affected by cancer in some way or another. To help make a young person who may not be able to experience a full life’s wish come true is heartwarming.”

And this JP Bash will be better than any of the others before, which says a lot – because the first three have been pretty good, too.

The reason for the optimism surrounding this year’s bash is because it’s the first of its kind to be fully open to the public. The first three JP Bashes were at L’Esprit Lounge, which meant that only people ages 18 and over were able to attend.

But this year’s Bash has moved to a bigger venue – the Cut Off Youth Center. That means that anyone – young or old – can look forward to the full day of family fun that the event presents.

“It will be the first-ever all-ages JP Bash,” Boura said.

And it’ll be one which all ages can enjoy, too.

Boura said there will be face painting and other games to keep kids occupied throughout the day, which starts at 3 p.m. and runs until midnight.

For the adults, the to-do list is long and loaded with fun.

There will be plate lunches, a live auction, a silent auction, raffle tickets, half and half drawings and much more.

Of course, there will be live music, as well. DJ Boura will perform from 4-8 p.m., opening up for Drunk Punch Ponies, who will bring the house down from 8 p.m. – midnight.

It will be Drunk Punch Ponies’ final show down the bayou, according to Boura, who said their role in the event is huge, because Jory loved to listen to them play their country music hits.

“It’s fitting for me, because I booked their first show ever down the bayou at L’Esprit years ago,” Boura said. “But it’s even more fitting because it was Jory’s favorite band to come listen to.”

Throughout the years, the Bash has grown in popularity and last year’s Bash raised $19,000 for Grant-A-Wish – up from the $7,000 the event generated in the first year of its existence.

Admission for children ages 3-12 is $5 advanced or $10 at the door. Tickets for anyone ages 13 and up is $10 advanced or $15 at the door.

Boura said he invites anyone to attend, saying that there’s no better feeling than eating good food, seeing good friends and knowing that all proceeds go to making someone’s wish come true.

“Hopefully with all ages allowed, we will have the opportunity to share the event with a whole new clientele,” Boura said. “We want to make this year’s event our biggest to date.”