SPLITING LUMBER: Academy of Martial Arts holds fundraiser for foundation

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Logan Andrus breaks a wood board during the Academy of Martial Arts Break-a-Thon that served as a fundraising effort for the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation recently.

The Academy of Martial Arts recently held a fund raiser for the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation complete with a wood board break-a-thon.

“We raised $4,000 to help a child in our community get a wish granted,” spokesperson Mallory Oubre said. “We broke over 500 boards and raised over $3,200 in the Break-a-Thon alone.”

The day started with an honorary Black Belt presentation to Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

Jackie Heroman from Children’s Make-a-Wish Foundation was also on location to help the students understand the importance of giving back and making a difference in someone’s life.

Top pledge gatherers were: first place Jason Villar, second place Rhyley Oubre and tied for third place Quincy Shaddinger and Joshua Shaddinger.

“The students had a blast breaking boards,” Oubre said wishing to thank Purpera and Sons, Picou Brothers, Home Depot and Sorrento Lumber Company for suppling the wood.

There was also jambalaya dinners sold throughout the day cooked by Stanley Oubre, who donated his time and skills. Food and drinks were all donated by The Jambalaya Association, LeBlanc’s Food Store, Murray’s, Ralph’s Supermarket, Lamendola’s, Harvest Market, Cal’s Bakery, Coca-Cola, Chip’s Grocery, Tureau’s Grocery and Bateman’s Ice.

Kamal’s Café, Lowe’s, Winn Dixie, Snap Fitness and Sac’s Western Store also gave gifts to use for a raffle.

“We were lucky enough to have Bouncen Around donate a spacewalk as well as an interactive jumper for the kids’ entertainment for the day,” Oubre said. “We owe you many thanks for this.”

Corporate sponsors for the event were parish president Tommy Martinez, Holiday Inn, TNT Interiors, Hwy. 44 Paint and Body, St. Amant Muffler, Video Max, House of Jevon, Crown Standard Insurance, Rossi Auto, Eddie LeBlanc’s Car Care, Thomas Marine, Alvarez Construction, A&D Transport, Church Funeral Services, BRM Landscaping, Lake Market, Guillory’s Collision Center, HoneyBee Daycare, Remax Total, LeCheveux Salon.

Marlin’s Pizza, Debbie’s Bridal, Gonzales Furniture, Acadian Custom Cabinets, Gautreaux’s Lawn Service, Unique Repeat Consignment Boutique, Trinity Mortgage, Tim’s Nails, Layne’s Jewelers, Defined Nails, American General, X-Treme Tools, Lejeune’s Cleaners, Hair Salon by Elaine, A Pet Salon, Virgo Boutique, AutoZone, Popeye’s, Hello Gorgeous, ARI Copy Center, Regions Bank, ZoJots and Erin’s Dance Company.

In addition to the above businesses, the students collected pledges from friends, neighbors and family members.

“We do not want to forget these people for without them this day would not have been possible,” Oubre said. “Thanks to all of you who made a difference and reached into your own heart to help us make this day a success. With our deepest sincerity we say thank you.” 

Academy of Martial Arts’ instructor Larry Parnell holds wood blocks for students during an Break-a-Thon to raise funds for the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation recently.