Friday, February 25, 2011

1st Celebration of Children Banquet, 2011

Last Night, over 60 children put on a Banquet to honor Local Heroes.  Over 250 of us gathered at the Historic Old Calcasieu Marine Bank Building.  We were served entirely by children, over 60 of them did all the serving, provided the entertainment, presented the Heroes Awards, and spoke about the troubles and Hope in their lives.  

The young man pictured above is who asked for this banquet.  He was recently arrested, and reached out for help.  Two of our Heroes answered, and this young man's life is changed.  It has been such a joy to be around this group of children and see them take these opportunities to lead and serve...and they are different as a result.

Here is his speech from last night:

I wish you could have been with me over the past few months to see how this group of young people have grown and responded to the challenges and opportunities put before them.  I'm so proud!

Here is the speech of Michael, a student at AMI Kids.  Michael's life is on such a good trajectory, and when you here his story, you'll see why.  We're proud of you, Michael!

The children of our city are asking for people to come along side them, to walk with them and show them the way to a life of value and opportunity.  Their gratitude for the servant leaders, like my beloved friend, Willie King, is beautiful.

So, if you're reading this, get in the game!  Homework Night is every Monday...I'll see you there.

We will be posting more of the videos and stories of their night over the next day or so, so stay tuned.

Here are some more (all are short, about 4 minutes each):  (To see the videos in full size, click over to our YouTube channel here.)

Our two special Heroes, Bobby Dower and Lt. Jame Stewart (great men!):

Mr. Billy Navarre shares about who Willie King is:

Willie King's talk (always wonderful!):

Oh, and Don't Miss This: Closing Ceremony


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Celebrating the Children - Local Heroes Banquet Feb 24

The student leaders in the Homework Night movement want to celebrate local heroes in a tangible and meaningful way, so we are doing a banquet, February 24, to Celebrate our Children (funds raised to support Homework Night) and Honor Local Heroes who have contributed to life in our community!

Reservations have been placed for these Sponsors:
100 Blackmen of Metro Lake Charles
A B Franklin, State Representative
American Press
Billy Navarre Chevrolet
Billy Navarre Honda
Boudreaux Motivational Speaking
Business First Bank / Congressman Charles Boustany
Calcasieu Parish School Board
Calcasieu Parish Sherriff's Office
Chennault International Airport
Christus St. Patrick Hospital
Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel, & Wilson
Hunter, Hunter, & Sonnier
King's Enterprises
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Lake Charles Police Department
Martin GMC
Million Air
New Emmanuel Baptist Church
R. E. Heidt Construction
Ronnie & Michelle Johns
Rotary Club of Lake Charles
Sasol North America
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development
Sowela Technical Community College
Stine Lumber
SWLA Center for Health Services
United Way
Senator Willie Mount
Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church

Additional Sponsors:
Diamond Paint
Dwight Law Firm
Family & Youth Counseling Agency
Flavin Realty
Hilliard & Hilliard
Jeff Davis Bank
LA Radio
Simien Law Firm / St. Mary

Thank you all for your support!

Nominate your Hero Here!  Buy a table and join us for this Celebration!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Our First Tutoring Night - Great! Oh, and We ARE having Homework Night on Feb 7.

Jan 31 was our opening night for tutoring.  It was great!  There were around 30 students, and we had a few more tutors than students.

The stories that came out of the night were exactly what we hoped for.  Kids had a good time, and the tutors/mentors were blessed.

This week, we had a small leadership enlistment meeting with community members and school representatives.  More traction is coming, from several directions!  We'll post some video from that soon.  

The movement is...moving.  Get on Board!  Volunteer here.

If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to call/text paul pettefer @ 794-9891, or email me