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Project Celebration Fundraising Event Set for October 19 | Around The Town

Lisa Veuleman

Lisa Veuleman, owner of Lou’s Flowers and Gifts in Many has donated a huge autumn gift basket to Project Celebration’s silent auction on Oct 19 at Cypress Bend golf clubhouse. The auction begins at 2 pm and is free to the public.

One in four women are victims of domestic abuse every year. Between 950,000 and 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year, and many other incidents go unreported. It is estimated that more than 10 million women and children experience domestic violence in the United States each year.

Project Celebration’s mission is to protect women and their children in seven parishes in Northwest Louisiana from domestic violence and to provide a safe house for them when they flee their homes.

This year’s annual Project Celebration golf tournament and silent auction on Oct. 19 at Cypress Bend raises money for the renovation of Taylor House, a safe house for victims of domestic violence.

The big event is FREE for everyone. The golf tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. with a three-man scramble. The cost is $150 per team with pre-registration and $200 per team on the day of play. Mulligans will be available. There is also a hole-in-one contest. The person to sink a hole-in-one will receive $10,000 prize, courtesy of Community Bank.

The huge silent auction begins at 2 p.m with lots of desirable items. It is completely free to the public, stressed Cheryl Wooley. “We’ve got something for everyone,” said Wooley, president of Project Celebration’s board of directors. Paintings, handmade jewelry, and other art pieces have been donated by the Depot Art Guild members. There are also gift baskets from Nichols, Lou’s Flowers and Gifts and other stores around Many, Natchitoches and Mansfield. Other items include an overnight stay at Steel Magnolias B&B in Natchitoches, two nights at the St. Denis Hotel, a night at the Horseshoe Casino with a $150 gift coupon for dinner at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse. Many more items, including a year’s supply of gourmet coffees and a beautiful handmade silk quilt will tempt shoppers who also want to help financially with the renovation of Taylor House.
Wooley said there will be snacks and a cash bar as well as a wine tasting. “We want there to be something for everyone,” Wooley explained. “We want lots of people to come out, have a great time, and also support the renovation of Taylor House,” she commented.
Project Celebration’s big fundraiser on Oct. 19 will be held at the golf clubhouse at Cypress Bend, beginning with the golf tournament at 9:30 a.m. and the silent auction at 2 p.m. Wooley said she was especially grateful that Cypress Bend for the third year has offered to host the annual fundraiser for Project Celebration.

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