Learn about the non-profits the parade benefits...
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), founded by Louisiana-born actor, environmentalist and animal advocate Ian Somerhalder, is dedicated to empowering, educating and collaborating with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. ISF raises awareness about environmental and animal protection issues, supports initiatives to promote green energy, global conservation programs, and empowers youth to become a united and spirited force for change. ISF's Emergency Medical Care Grant provides financial assistance for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, and injuries, easing the financial stress of treatment so that rescuers can focus on an animal's adoption into a permanent, loving home. The program has helped over 1300 creatures to date.
ISF has designated it’s 100-acre property in Lacombe, Louisiana, as a wetlands nature preserve, animal sanctuary and learning center. The acreage, nestled in the middle of an area that is rapidly urbanizing in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana, encompasses three eco-systems along the eastern half of Bayou Lacombe and is home to many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Initial goals for the land in 2017 include the development of a campus in conjunction with other local non-profits to include educational installations, trails, and event/activity areas.
Scott’s Wish is an IRS recognized 501c3 made up of volunteers in our community helping others who have life threatening illnesses. We’ve helped young and old around the state who are going through all phases of cancer treatment, heart disease, organ transplants, newborn birth defects, and ALS patients. Scott's Wish was named for Scott Lala who succumbed to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January of 2008. The purpose of the organization is to charitably assist patients, families, and caretakers with the cost of travel, lodging and related expenses necessary for treatment and care of those persons suffering from leukemia or other devastating illnesses. Scott felt blessed that he was never alone, and he wished that comfort for all sufferers of disease. This is his legacy.
Log on to www.ScottsWish.org to learn more about the organization and how it helps others!
(225) 235-4344 or (985) 892-0060 Contact: DebbieBLala@gmail.com
St. Tammany Spay and Neuter Group was founded by long-time animal activist Florence Ordogne. Having been responsible for bringing Southern Animal Foundation's SNIP Van to the northshore years ago, when the funding for the Van became impossible, Ordogne refused to stop servicing the community and kept the program alive through the help of a few generous veterinarians and help from the City of Mandeville by subsidizing spay and neuter services. Over the past 20 years, parade proceeds from their concession stand have allowed the group to perform hundreds of additional spay/neuters each year.
Contact: Spay/Neuter Hotline (985) 727-2748
Have a Heart thru Art was founded in 1996 to enrich the lives of at-risk children in the community. It has always been supported by a volunteer workforce made up of community leaders and strives to provide access to the arts for
underprivileged and disabled children. Through various community events like Mardi Paws, the program raises funds to send children to summer art, music, dance and drama camps; or provide needed supplies to the organizations hosting them.
Contact: (985) 892-0060