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Senator Kennedy Donates $182,425 to Boys & Girls Clubs Across Louisiana

Pictured (Left to Right): Roy Heatherly, Angel Nelson, Rhyan Wheeler, Senator John Kennedy, Eldontá Osborne, Lacey Osborne

MONROE, April 22, 2024 — United States Senator John Kennedy announced his commitment to support Boys & Girls Clubs across the state through a $182,425 donation at the Monroe & West Monroe/West Quachita Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.


Funds for this donation were raised during the Economic Development Luncheon co-hosted by the St. Tammany and Monroe Chamber during DC Mardi Gras. Nearly 900 elected, business, and economic and chamber leaders attended the event.


Senator Kennedy presented the check at the University of Louisiana Monroe to Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana CEO’s Angel Nelson, Metro Louisiana, Rhyan Wheeler, Acadiana, and Eldontá Osborne, North Louisiana.


“Louisiana’s young people are the future of our great state, and I’m thankful to the Boys & Girls Clubs for investing in them tirelessly,” said Senator Kennedy.


 “The investment made by Senator Kennedy provides, the youth who need us most, opportunities to build a bright future. The Boys & Girls Clubs is dedicated to ensuring that our young people have the necessary tools and resources to succeed. We are so grateful for his support in the Boys & Girls Club movement,” said Wheeler.

About Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana

Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana are relentless champions for children across the entire state. We support the local Boys & Girls Clubs by strengthening their brands, facilitating collaboration and opportunities for large-scale initiatives, securing incremental financial support, and identifying ways to serve more of Louisiana’s youth. For more information, please visit our website at


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana

This year marks the 54th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana. Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana operates under a mission to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Serving youth in 8 different locations, Boys & Girls Clubs provide opportunities through after school programs and summer camps with activities focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles & Habits, and Good Character & Leadership.


If interested in supporting the Boys & Girls Club, visit or call 337-268-9555.


Contact: Brian Ford, Director of Development (Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana)

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