Welcome home celebration to be held to offset cost of repairs
La Poussiere Tornado Damage
Welcome home celebration to be held to offset cost of repairs Breaux Bridge, La. – A welcome home celebration is being planned for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall here to offset the cost of repairs due to recent tornado damage. The event was coordinated by legendary musicians Steve Riley, Jackie Caillier and Junior Hebert, all who call La Poussiere their home. The Cajun French Music Association of Louisiana and Texas (CFMA) has set up a fund for anyone who would like to donate to the repairs, and will also be handling donations, raffles and 50/50s throughout the event. Entertainment will be provided by Jackie Caillier, Ivy Dugas and the Cajun Cousins, Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie, Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sounds, High Performance and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. The godfather of Cajun music, Walter Mouton, who called La Poussiere his home for more than 45 years, and his Scott Playboys are coming out of retirement just for this event. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a contribution to: CFMA La Poussiere Tornado Damage Relief Fund Attention: Ken Walker P.O. Box 92575 Lafayette, LA 70509-2575 The CFMA is a 501 (c) 3 organization, as such all contributions are tax deductible. “On Thursday, Jan. 10, an EF-1 tornado struck our historic dancehall and caused severe damage to the building. This resulted in the cancellation of all activities until further notice. It was an emotional time for our family and we were reluctant to rebuild, much less continue business activities,” owner Lawrence Patin said. “Immediately, we began receiving outpouring support; offers of help from family, friends, musicians, patrons, parish and city officials, and complete strangers from near and far. It is incredibly uplifting to know that there is a genuine concern out there to save a true Cajun icon. “Within hours of hearing of damage, Steve Riley and Jackie Caillier began spearheading a fundraising event to cover the cost of repairs, which stands as a tribute to our true Cajun roots. Tragic events, like this recent tornado, always bring out the best in people,” Patin continued. “Judith, Nicole and I want to thank everyone for their prayers, encouragement and support. We are excited to welcome everyone home on Saturday, Feb. 2. Bring your dancing shoes, help us celebrate our new beginning, and pass a bon temps,” Patin said.
Date & Time
- February 2, 2013
- 10:00AM - 10:00PM