The Arc of East Ascension held a successful jambalaya fundraiser on Wednesday, February 22, in order to raise funds for facility renovations.

Success was due to a partnership with Leadership Ascension, sponsored by the Ascension Parish Chamber of Commerce. The group got President Wally Taillon of the Jambalaya Festival on board and sold over 500 plates of Jambalaya to raise the funds.

"We wound up selling out fairly early," said Luke Trosclair, one of the team members.

About 20 people in all chipped in to prepare the food behind the chamber building. If an organization purchased more than 20 plates, Leadership Ascension made the delivery. Top donors were Methanex, Ascension Ready Mix, Smith Tank and Steel, All-Star Ford, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department.

"Our project is [based] around remodeling one of their main rooms," Trosclair said. "That's for exercise equipment, storage space, painting and those sorts of things. It's very important for people who use the Arc to have those things, and we have a great response from the community to support our cause."

The Jambalaya Festival Association donates to roughly 20 charity organizations and 25 civic organizations, regularly. Taillon said the association is at a max of what they can do right now.

"We're doing over 60 functions a year," Taillon said. The funds, Taillon explained, come from the tax from hotels and motels, through the Lieutenant Governor's office. It is for business enterprise. The budget doubled from $25,000 to $50,000 for the Jambalaya Association this year. And they are staying busy, as a result.

Marketing Director for the Arc, Sharon Morris, would like to extend a public "thank you" to Wally Taillon for the help and support from his organization.