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June to be Month of Giving for Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited needs funds to go on
Downtown Lafayette seeing growth
Posted at 5:34 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 07:01:37-04

Even as our world is beginning to re-open and things are looking up for businesses, non profits are still feeling the negative impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited is one of these non profits that could use some help. This is a group that, even if you don't think you're familiar with, chances are you've been to a handful of their events.

"We produce Downtown Alive, Movies in the Parc. These free events that we put on every year several weeks out of the year, they aren't free to produce," says Maureen Dugas Foster, director of DLU.

DLU is down to a bare bones budget, left needing more even to continue basic operations.

"We are going to be fundraising in the month of June just for the daily cost of running our office and for us to continue the mission of promoting and marketing downtown Lafayette," says Foster.

In true downtown Lafayette fashion, supporting DLU during the month of giving is going to be a good time.

"we've got 11 downtown restaurants signed up to participate and they're going to have a chicken sandwich or something relative to a sandwich, and they're going to donate $1 per sandwich directly to Downtown Lafayette Unlimited," says Foster.

This will be called the Chicken Sandwich Snackdown, and sponsors can adopt restaurants to match their donations to DLU.

For those located in the district, renewing a DLU membership in June comes with perks - a special photoshoot of your business or residence.

"It's an extension of the Porchtrait project and its just highlighting businesses around downtown and it's a message of solidarity and how downtown can come together and make something beautiful out of this crazy time," says LeeAnn Stephan, whose photography is gaining popularity through her Porchtrait project.

DLU will also accept any donation by check or on their website.

"We are asking for the community to give back to us and its just going to eventually be filtered back into the community and us giving back once we can again," says Foster.

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