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JP Bash remembers life of local man

JP Bash remembers life of local man

Bash proceeds benefit Troop C’s Grant-A-Wish Foundation


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

The Fifth-Annual JP Bash will take place this Saturday, July 8 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.

“100 percent of the funds we raise are used to grant wishes to children in Troop C’s district,” said Jory’s mother Zena Pitre.

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 everyone 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.”

Last year’s JP Bash knocked the group’s fundraising numbers out of the ballpark and brought in $31,000, up from $18,000 in the previous year. The team hopes to do as well this year so they can help to grant wishes to the many area children who are in need of such a wonderful experience.

The event will be held at the Cut Off Youth Center and all ages can look forward to the full day of family fun that the event presents.

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, including an autographed Justin Moore guitar to be auctioned off.

Of course, there will be music, as well. Live acoustic music will be played from 4-8 p.m., and then the Joey Thomas Band will take the stage from 8 p.m. – midnight.

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.

MeMaw’s Cajun Cuisine and Gulf Coast Orthopedics are sponsoring this year’s event. Organizers invite 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.

For tickets or to donate an auction item, drop by MeMaw’s Cajun Cuisine on Hwy. 3235 in Golden Meadow.