Parish councilmen golf for area charities at fundraising event

Staff reports
Ascension Parish Councilmen Benny Johnson and Chris Loar competed in the inaugural Councilmen for Charity Golf Event Wednesday on Pelican Point’s Lakes course. The event served as a fundraiser for two charities, as Johnson played for Dreams Come True Foundation and Loar played for the March of Dimes. The match ended in a tie, meaning approximately $3,000?collected in donations was split between the two organizations. Pictured delivering $1,000 checks to the two charities after the match are, from left; Parish Council Chairman Pat Bell, event chairman Malcolm Dugas, Johnson, Dean Lawrence with Dreams Come True, Stacy Parker with March of Dimes and Loar.

BURNSIDE – What began as a friendly comparison between two Parish Councilmen on their respective golf games culminated Wednesday in an event that raised approximately $3,000 for two area non-profit organizations.

Parish Councilman Benny Johnson and Chris Loar competed in the inaugural Councilmen for Charity event, held on the Lakes course at Pelican Point.

Johnson was competing for Dreams Come True Foundation in the match, while Loar was playing for March of Dimes.

Malcolm Dugas served as event chairman for the nine-hole match, which ultimately ended in a tie and split the donations equally between the two organizations.

The event also featured media representatives Aaron E. Looney of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen and John McMillan of The Advocate as guest coaches for Johnson and Loar, respectively.

After the match, spectators gathered under the clubhouse pavillion for refreshments. Food for the event was provided by Blaine Sheets of Gulf Net Seafood, while Jim Bullion provided musical entertainment. Door prizes were also awarded through March of Dimes.

“This was a great event for two great causes,” said Council Chairman Pat Bell, who organized the event along with Dugas. “It started as a joke between us on the council, but Benny and Chris played pretty good golf out there. Everyone had a great time and a lot of people are going to benefit from the funds we raised here. We thank everyone who was involved with this event.”

Bell said that he feels the event is an example of how the council members are working together to better the Ascension Parish community.

“We definitely want to hold more fundraiser events such as this in the future,” Bell said. “In fact, I’ve made a friendly challenge to councils in our neighboring parishes like East Baton Rouge, St. James and St. John the Baptist to take part in an event such as this. That way, we can reach even more organizations and raise more funds. It’s all about helping people.”