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Youth group in St. Landry Parish hosts fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims

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OPELOUSAS, La. -

Youth leaders from St. Landry Parish are raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Saint Landry Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Council put on a fundraiser event on Saturday, called “Rocking the Hurricane.” One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event are going toward hurricane Relief efforts in Orange County, Texas.

"So, obviously, we're all about making the community a better place through business and commerce. So, one of the ways we do that is to have a youth leadership council, made up of juniors and seniors all across St. Landry Parish. And, we challenge them. We say once a year, we want you to come up with an event, whatever you want to do to benefit the community. And, we let them run with it, whatever they want to do from start to finish," said St. Landry Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Raquella Manuel.

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) has been planning the event since September. Members of YLC say being a part of the group gives them a better understanding of how local businesses get their start in St. Landry Parish.

"It's a lot of fun! We go around for our meetings, and we visit different businesses, and we learn how those businesses came around and how they prospered, which is really interesting for us to learn about our community and the businesses in our community," explained Port Barre High School senior Elizabeth Fruge.

The YLC picks two students from every high school in the parish to be representatives in the council. Young leaders, like Adam Estis, who organized the food logistics for the event, say this gives him a chance to network with other fellow movers and shakers that are his age.

"We've had meetings over the months with the Youth Leadership Council, but before the council, I only knew Will, but I only met Trenece recently. They've become very good people to work with to help with this project in making the flyers and making sure the word gets out," said Port Barre High School junior Adam Estis.

William Champagne, who did media promoting for “Rocking the Hurricane,” says the council is an important step in paving his future career.

"We are the leadership council. Some of us will lead the parish government one day, the city government, or own a business," said Beau Chene High Senior William Champagne.

Trenece Robertson, who used graphic design software to make the event’s flyer, likes how the students were handed the controls.

"We picked something, and we just do it, which is very good because I pretty much learned how to work with others and communicate with people better," said Robertson, a senior at Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts.

The YLC is working with the local United Way to get the money collected sent to the United Way in Orange County.

Musical guests included The Jaxon Meche Band, The Vibrant Somethings, and Clay Cormier and the Highway Boys.

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