St. Charles Parish government raised more than $31 thousand for the United Way of St. Charles from employee donations and fundraising activities during its month-long series of weekly fundraising events planned in October.
“It was important that we did a month-long campaign this year because we wanted to be able to have weekly events that helped increase employee morale,” said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. “I truly appreciate everything our employees have done to help support the United Way. It is because of their efforts we were able to do our part to make our community a better place.”
Governmental departments kicked off the annual United Way Campaign at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center on Sept. 27. Employees were able to hear from various speakers about how the United Way of St. Charles impacts parish government and the community. Along with lunch, a raffle drawing for multiple items, a bake sale and a training from the Luling Vol. Fire Department, attendees were able to raise more than $1,000 to give to United Way of St. Charles.
Following the United Way kick-off, a Cupcake Wars competition was held on October 18 in the courthouse lobby. Employees and visitors alike were able to buy cupcakes to receive tickets to vote on “People’s Choice” while local experts from Divine Layers and Honeydoux Café judged the entries on taste and presentation. The Cupcake Wars brought in more than $300 to be added to funds already raised.
On Oct. 24, St. Charles Parish Government held a pumpkin decorating competition also in the courthouse lobby. Government departments decorated pumpkins while employees and visitors were able to buy a chance to win their favorite pumpkin. The pumpkin decorating competition brought in more than $150.
A fall fest fundraiser concluded the parish’s campaign on Oct. 30. Employees and visitors were able to purchase Pastalaya and bake sale items. In addition to a 50/50 raffle, those attending could purchase game tickets for the chance to earn additional tickets for raffle items.
“We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather. It was amazing to see how everyone came together for one goal,” Personnel Officer, Dayna Parker said regarding the fall fest. “I am looking forward to an even bigger and better 2019 United Way Campaign.”
In addition to the food and games, employees were able to take chances dunking Parish President Larry Cochran, department directors, members of the parish council and members of the administration in the dunking booth. The fall fest raised an additional $1,800 to be added to more than $29,000 raised by parish employee donations.
“We feel so fortunate to have a local government that is so very supportive and helpful. We’d also like to thank the volunteers who made all of the fundraising events possible,” said John Dias, Executive Director United Way of St. Charles. “We can’t thank St. Charles Parish Government enough for both the collaborations we have throughout the year and for the Parish Government’s own United Way Campaign.”