Fundraiser Monday for local Brittany’s Project
A community-wide fundraiser is set for Monday in support of Brittany’s Project in Franklin.
Domino’s Pizza is pairing with the project to help create a facility for individuals with disabilities.
Brittany Saucier is 24 years old with Down Syndrome and is the daughter of Bruce and Sandra Saucier of Franklin.
The Sauciers left Louisiana in 1993 after Hurricane Andrew destroyed their home, and they lived at times in Pennsylvania and Kentucky before moving back to Franklin in 2006.
Sandra Saucier spoke of her dream for a fellowship and support facility for individuals with such disabilities.
“Since moving back to Franklin, we have purchased the former Oaklawn Sugar Mill site in Franklin which we are donating land to erect a facility which will be called the Brittany Project, a facility for individuals with all disabilities to share a time of fellowship, interaction, recreation and support,” she said.
“We envision this facility to provide summer camps through therapeutic therapy for those with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities.”
Saucier spoke of the lack of activities available to adults with such disabilities.
“While our family resided in Kentucky, Brittany was involved in Special Olympics in a big way. She was a cheerleader, she bowled, she played soccer, basketball and softball, aquatics and equestrian,” she said.
“When we moved back to Louisiana in 2006, we found St. Mary Parish did not have a Special Olympics organization like we had in Kentucky, and Brittany did not have a place or a group to become involved with.”
Saucier said when individuals with disabilities finish school at the age of 21, “they have nothing, unless they are in a group home where they find avenues of interest for them to participate in.” The facility that she envisions would address that deficiency, Saucier said.
“We will have dances regularly, recreation and luncheons, speakers,” she said
When placing any order with Domino’s Monday, mention “Brittany’s Project” and the company will donate 20 percent of the order to the project. Lunch, dinner and late night orders apply.