Magic of Mardi Gras comes back to AMIkids Donaldsonville

Staff reports

The Magic of Mardi Gras comes back to AMIkids Donaldsonville as they host the second Annual “Krewe of AMIkids Mardi Gras Gala” fundraiser with a twist.   This year’s gala is a "Don't Come" imaginary event for busy people, who like to support great causes, but would rather not go to the event. The imaginary fundraising event will be held on February 31, 2011 from sunrise to sunset at the Bank of the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville Louisiana. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help at risk youth ages 12-18 in Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes become productive citizens through the Personal Growth Model encompassing education, treatment and behavior modification.

AMIkids Donaldsonville is a non-profit organization designed to rehabilitate adjudicated elementary, middle, and high school kids.  The program offers academic instruction, experiential education, counseling and mentoring with a goal to increase self-esteem through responsibility and accountability.  “We are proud to partner with the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, the Louisiana Department of Education, and Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parish School Boards to provide these services to students”, said Michael Foster, Vice President of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Event.

As part of the Krewe of AMIkids “Don’t Come” Mardi Gras Gala, Allison Hudson (Ascension), Captain Phillip August (Assumption) and TBA (St. James) local community activists will be presented the AMIkids Donaldsonville Life Cornerstone Award in recognition of their lifetime of contributions to community life of kids in Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.

Tickets for the “Don’t Come” fundraiser are available, $50 per person or $450 per table of ten by visiting our website at or contacting Michelle Foster, Business Manager or Tamiko Francis Garrison, Executive Director at 225-474-8820. 

AMIkids Donaldsonville is one of eight (8) day treatment programs in Louisiana affiliated with AMIkids, headquartered in Tampa.  AMIkids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a promising future to troubled youth who have been adjudicated or have failed in conventional school settings. Since 1969, AMIkids has partnered with local communities to help more than 100,000misguided youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids operates 56 schools in eight states focusing on family values, education, character building and experiential learning. 

AMIkids Donaldsonville Board Members are Sheriff Mike Waguespack (Chairman), Michael Foster (Vice-Chairman), W J ”Dub Noel (Secretary/Treasurer), Sheriff Willy J. Martin, Lee Meyer, Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sheriff Jeffrey F. Wiley, Clifton Ourso, Kenneth Dupaty, Hearing Officer Jessie LeBlanc, and Kevin Schexyander.

For more information about the event or program please contact Tamiko Francis Garrison, Executive Director at 225-474-8820.