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Carrie Underwood donates VIP package to help raise money for Isley Thibodeaux Art & Music Scholarship Fund

Posted at 1:16 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 23:33:53-04

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. - Female Vocalist of the Year - Carrie Underwood has teamed up with Teche Center for the Arts to offer a raffle to win Carrie Underwood Ultimate Fan VIP Package in support of the Isley Thibodeaux Art & Music Scholarship Fund.

Monday, April 25, 2016, Isley and her mom, were struck by a drunk driver returning home from the Carrie Underwood concert in Lafayette. Her mom, Misty, barely survived the crash. Isley, at only 10 years old, died in the crash.

Carrie Underwood was deeply moved by the accident and dedicated her ACM award win to Isley on Sunday, May 1, 2016. She extended her deepest sympathies and sincere offer to help the family. She has donated this special VIP Carrie Underwood: The Cry Pretty Tour 360 concert package in support of this effort.

Isley's cousin, Macy Romero said, "It really shows her as a person, other than just a person who sings and has an awesome voice, she really reaches out to people and it has impacted her."

Carrie Underwood: The Cry Pretty Tour 360 is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

Purchase a $20/chance to win: two tickets to Carrie Underwood. Plus two backstage passes and Carrie Underwood merchandise package.

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For more information email or call (337) 366-0629. Winner to be announced at 8:15 am on Wednesday, September 18 by Isley's mother, Misty Thibodeaux.

The St. Martin Parish community continues to rally around Isley's memory as she was a budding artist, Cajun musician, former Miss Breaux Bridge queen, State archery competitor, avid writer, devout Christian, precious daughter and friend to many. As a 5th grade student at St. Bernard School in downtown Breaux Bridge, her love of unicorns, rainbows, butterflies, peacocks, my Little Pony, music, art, writing and all things beautiful truly left an imprint on the hearts of many.

Before her passing, Isley was in music lessons, learning to play the fiddle at Brazos Huval School of Music, in conjunction with Teche Center for the Arts. Isley was also a budding writer writing her own screen play for My Little Pony. She loved to draw and paint and was registered to take the first Summer Theatre class at the Teche Center for Arts.

Teche Center for the Arts, is a community cultural center located in downtown Breaux Bridge. This non-profit 501c3 organization purchased an old vacant theater building in historic downtown Breaux Bridge (across from Isley's school, St. Bernard Catholic School) to create a 250-person performance center, community stage and space to share its five-dimension mission: Art, Music, Cajun/Creole Culture, Education and History.

In 2018, Isley's family joined efforts and this year established the Teche Center for the Arts Isley Thibodeaux Art & Music Scholarship Fund. The fund will be used to extend scholarships and support for programming in art, music and culture in Isley's memory.

Misty Thibodeaux, Isley's mother said, "I know if Isley were here today, she would continue to embrace the mission of Teche Center for the Arts. She was learning to play the Cajun fiddle, she was a budding artist, writer and aspiring actor! I want more kids to have the opportunity to take these classes. My reason for this is that the arts offer a way of self-expression and can be an outlet in this world. It also gives me an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. We are forever grateful for her life and all the gifts she brought to our family and our community. We miss her tremendously but God is so good and we trust in His plan. She would say to me often, 'I love you more'. This makes me smile and brings much comfort . . I love you more, Isley."