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Scouting benefit raises $35,000

Staff reports

“A Night of Character with Chef John Folse” benefiting the Scouting For Character program of the Istrouma Area Council, Boy Scouts of America was held April 22 at White Oak Plantation. 

The first-time event raised $35,000, and the council looks forward to adopting the event as an annual fundraiser. Funds enabled the council to meet a $25,000 challenge grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, providing funding for scouting programs that serve low income and at risk youth.

Chef John Folse introduced his Seven Nations buffet which featured foods from the seven nations/regions that influenced Louisiana’s history. 

The night also included a silent and live auction which included a Folse dinner at White Oak Plantation, a two-night hunt at The Shaw Group’s lodge at the Marsh Club, an LG 50-inch plasma TV from Olinde’s Furniture, men’s and ladies watches, and dinner for two with Gov. Bobby Jindal in the Governor’s Mansion.

Silent auction items included restaurant gift certificates, a residential appraisal, a crawfish boil for 40, jewelry and artwork from local artists and LSU sports items autographed by football coach Les Miles, basketball coach Trent Johnson, baseball coach Paul Mainieri and others.

The Istrouma Area Council serves a 13-parish area, which includes Ascension.