By Kevin Shannahan
Over 150 people gathered at the Prudhomme Rouquier House Dec. 15 for dinner, entertainment and community betterment. The evening marked Natchitoches’ Dreams Foundation’s 15th annual Party With a Purpose. The ladies of NSU’s Eta Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted while Thelma Benjamin and her friends provided some of the best catering to ever grace the Prudhomme-Rouquier House. Several young men and women from the Blockbuilders program were guests for the evening. The Blockbuilders program reaches out to area youth with mentoring and teaching life skills. Like the Dreams Foundation, they work to build the future of our community.
The foundation awarded $500 scholarships to two area high school seniors to help them achieve their dreams for the future. Natchitoches Central’s Haley Franks and Lakeview’s Latia Beavers were recognized for their achievements at the event. Ms. Franks will continue her studies at Northwestern State University while Ms. Beavers will be studying at LSU-A. The students were selected by a panel of community members who considered each applicant’s academic achievement, essay, and community involvement.
Over the years, the Dreams Foundation has helped send over 20 young men and women to college, including three recipients who completed their degrees at NSU, went on to law school and are now members of the Louisiana bar. The Dreams foundation has changed many lives for the better.
The evening was more than scholarships and fun however. The foundation also collected toys for needy area children with each person in attendance bringing in a new toy as part of their admission to the event. The collected toys will be distributed by the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department to needy parish children.
The Dreams Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit. Persons interested in helping further their good works in the community may contact Mr. Cloyd Benjamin at 318-352-7575