The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation awarded the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade a $5,000 donation for their 13th annual Hook a Kid on Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo, which was held on June 16 and 17, 2017, is an annual event for kids and families in St. Bernard Parish. The donation from the Meraux Foundation went toward the free fishing kits given to children under 12. Each kit included a fishing pole, tackle box, t-shirt, bait, and other essential fishing tools.
“The Knights of Nemesis Fishing Rodeo is a fantastic event for kids and their families in St. Bernard, and we are proud to again make another contribution toward this staple of the community,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Meraux Foundation. “We’ve seen the great success and impact of the Fishing Rodeo in previous years and were happy to continue our contribution for this year’s event.”
The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade is a non-profit club to promote business within St. Bernard Parish, and all the funds raised from their events over the year are put back into the community through charitable contributions.
Billy Showalter, president of the Knights of Nemesis said, “The continuous support from the Meraux Foundation has really made this event into a success and each year, we’ve been able to attract more sponsors and reach even more children. The money we raise goes to good use in the community, and the event is a lot of fun for the whole family.”
Thanks to donations from the Meraux Foundation and Chalmette Refining, 210 children received fishing kits, making it another highly successful outing. Out of 357 participants, 24 children and 24 adults won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes for their catches, with prizes awarded among eight different classifications of fish.
The Meraux Foundation congratulates all the prizewinners and thanks everyone who participated for making this year’s Hook a Kid on Fishing Rodeo another great success.
About the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation
The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established by Arlene Meraux to benefit the community of St. Bernard Parish by leveraging its landholdings. Today, the Foundation’s board of directors is presided over by Arlene’s niece, Rita Gue, and consists of members Floyd Gue, Bill Haines, Chris Haines, and Sidney Torres, III. Guided by Arlene’s vision, the Board is implementing an innovative strategy to create lasting change and build a better St. Bernard. The Meraux Foundation is a founding sponsor and organizer of Startup St. Bernard.