St Bernard Post

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 Issue 52 - 2019 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana For Advertising Rates Please Contact Our Office at 504-278-7910 Read Our Newspaper Online at 504-278-7910 ® Meraux Foundation Welcomes Families to Docville Farm for Children’s Christmas Festival Rita Gue, President of the Meraux Foundation and Board Member Sidney Torres, III. Photos Courtesy of Todd Ragusa The 2020 Krewe of Lourdes Royal Court — (Pictured, l-r): Captain Kara Jean Colburn; Queen Nicole Diecidue Dysart; King Dr. Ryan Mark Truxillo. The Krewe of Lourdes is proud to announce the Royal Court for the upcoming Carnival Ball & Supper Dance. The 2020 Captain will be Kara Jean Colburn, Queen will be Nicole Diecidue Dysart, and King will be Dr. Ryan Mark Truxillo. The Carnival Ball will be held at the Frederick J. Sigur Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Carnival Ball is FREE and open to the public. The Supper Dance will immediately follow in the Ball Room. Tickets to the Supper Dance ($70 per person) can be purchased by contacting Lena Nunez – 504-491-5266. Proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Violet. Photo Courtesy of Mary Ann Bazile. By Todd Ragusa The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Founda- tion welcomed more than 2,000 people to its Docville Farm campus on Saturday, Dec. 14 for St. Bernard Parish Public School’s annual Chil- dren’s Christmas Festival. The holiday event welcomed the community to celebrate the season with art and per- formances by elementary and middle school children. “I’m so proud of the stu- dents who worked hard to make the Children’s Christ- mas Festival a great success,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Meraux Foundation. “The festival represents pre- cisely what my Aunt Arlene, who founded our charity, en- visioned for Docville.” Spearheaded by Charles Cassar, the director of cultur- al arts for St. Bernard Parish Schools, in partnership with teachers and staff, the festival put the talents of local stu- dents center stage. The festival featured mu- sical concerts, dance and cheer performances, art, and decorated Christmas trees. Students also ran the produc- tion under the supervision of teachers, which gave them hands-on professional expe- rience. “Parents love the festival and seeing their kids per- form,” said Cassar. In addition to hosting the festival, the Meraux Founda- tion also underwrote all of the costs to produce it. “I am so grateful for the Meraux Foundation’s sup- port. The Children’s Christ- mas Festival would not have been possible without them,” said Cassar. “Docville is the perfect location for this fes- tival. It has a nostalgia about it.” The Foundation designat- ed over 130 acres of Docville for charitable purposes. The campus features the Main House, a turn-of-the-century structure the Foundation res- urrected after the hurricanes of 2005; the Dave Thompson Event Barn; the Arlene Me- raux River Observation Cen- ter (AMROC); a greenhouse for plants used in coastal restoration; working stables with livestock; and a number of educational installations. The Foundation hosts many educational and cultural events at Docville throughout the year. The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization that was established by Arlene Me- raux to benefit the commu- nity of St. Bernard Parish by See Festival page 5