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ROOMIE AIDES AID OPTIONS – The
Aides, a Southeastern Louisiana University student organization, collected
and donated Mardi Gras beads to OPTIONS, a local agency that provides
services to people with developmental disabilities. From left, front, are
Roomie Aides Kathy Hanrahan, Herman Evans, Makeitta Darbonne, Grace Donnelly,
Tashawana Feast, Benjamin Oliveira, and, from OPTIONS, Laverne Anderson;
back, Roomie Aide Bryan Bradshaw; from OPTIONS, Lori Wagner, Ann Owens,
Dana Perise, Stephen Pirosko, Ronald Alaniz, Patsy Baham, Anthony Hubbard,
Roomie Aide Chris Kidwell, Michael Bankston, and Annie Williams.
SLU ROOMIE AIDES COLLECT BEADS
HAMMOND – The Roomie Aides Freshman
Leadership Organization at Southeastern Louisiana University has just completed
a successful fundraising drive to collect Mardi Gras beads for OPTIONS,
a local agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities.
OPTIONS, a non-profit organization,
uses these donations to help fund their agency. “They sort the beads,
package them, and then sell them back to the different Mardi Gras organizations
for a small profit,” said Makeitta Darbonne, chairman of Roomie Aides.
“This is a way to help the people with disabilities to live and work in
The drive, which ran from March
5-April 1, brought tremendous response from local and regional contributors,
Darbonne said.. “Without the help of the Southeastern community,
family, friends, faculty and all those involved, the success of this wonderful
event would not have been possible.”
Decorated boxes were set up at
different locations around campus. The collected beads filled an entire
parking space on North Campus where Roomie Aides presented the beads to
OPTIONS on April 2.
Darbonne said the Roomie Aides
Freshman Leadership Organization, which became officially recognized as
a student organizations in January 2003, is off to a great start, and that
members look forward to planning other fundraisers and events to
benefit Southeastern and the community.