Brittany’s Project forum tonight, fundraiser on Sept. 21
FRANKLIN -- A dinner and forum has been slated by the Brittany Project organizers at 6 p.m. today at Landry’s Seafood and Steakhouse on U.S. 90 near Sorrell.
State Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, and Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, are to participate in a discussion regarding developmentally disabled individuals, allowing parents and others to voice their concerns. Karen Scallon, program supervisor of Bayouland Families Helping Families, will also be a guest.
Brittany Saucier is a 25-year-old Franklin woman with Down syndrome. Brittany’s Project is a nonprofit organization began by her parents, Bruce and Sandra Saucier, which sponsors activities such as summer camp, support groups and more. Fundraising efforts for the project began March 2011.
“We have raised $45,000 so far,” Sandra Saucier said. “We are working to get a facility for individuals with disabilities to enjoy life through recreation, social events, interaction and support, and informational workshops,” Brittany’s mother said. The facility will be erected on donated property by the Sauciers that was once the former Oaklawn Sugar Mill site, Sandra Saucier said.
The cost for tonight’s event is $12 to $17 per person and several of “Brittany’s Special Friends” will be helping serve the meal. Reservations can be made by contacting Sandra Saucier at 337-828-2284.
A fundraiser for the Project will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 with the second annual Brittany’s Project Car Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lirette Ford Lincoln, 6310 U.S. 90 East in Morgan City.
Ben Ledet, general manager of the Morgan City auto dealership, said the new car lot will be emptied to make room for about 100 new, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles.
In addition to all the vehicles, there will be live music, arts and crafts booths, food, non-alcoholic drinks, a bounce house for kids, a snowball stand, a live auction and more. Two radio stations are expected to broadcast live from the show.
Ledet said the evening before the family-friendly event there is a Friday night police-escorted ride starting at the dealership called Brittany’s Ride. Riders meet at the dealership at 5 p.m.
The weekend car show has a special item that has been donated as an auction item by dealership owner Ronnie Lirette — a classic 1973 Ford Mustang. There will be other donated items auctioned for the fundraiser.
Ledet said this is an opportunity for the car dealership to give something back to the community. “Last year we raised over $11,000,” he said.
This is one of two car shows Lirette Ford Lincoln hosts annually where every penny of the proceeds raised goes to benefit a particular charity, Ledet said.
“We also do the Wounded Warrior car show. We are starting a foundation for wounded soldiers and we get them together for a weekend out fishing,” Lirette said of the funds raised from that car show. “We are also trying to raise a memorial for local soldiers that lost their lives.”
The Brittany’s Project website says its goal is to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities through a fun, safe, compassionate, nurturing and supportive environment. Enhancing lives to achieve equality, dignity and independence through recreation, educational workshops, support groups, social venues, weekend respite services, hands on learning through crafts, and building life-long friendships.
For more information on the car show, call 985-380-2277.