In mid-September, Boyd Gaming and Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel announced a $200,000 pledge to the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. The commitment is the largest donation to date to fund the expansion of the organization’s Children’s Advocacy Center at its Family & Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The donation was a clear choice for Delta Downs Vice President and General Manager, Steve Kuypers.
“Serving on the Board of Trustees, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the services that Family Foundation provides, and I have a better understanding of the impact that it makes on the community,” said Kuypers, who also serves as the Chairman of the building committee for Family & Youth. “With the unprecedented growth in the Lake Charles region, the agency found itself running out of space to serve all who need its services.”
The hardworking staff at Family & Youth are thankful for the donation.
“We are so grateful for the community support we receive, especially from Boyd Gaming and Delta Downs,” said Roxanne F. Camara, Vice President of the Family Foundation. “With the support of Boyd Gaming and Delta Downs, Family & Youth will be able to provide the much needed expanded and enhanced services for abused and neglected children in southwest Louisiana.”
The donation brought the Family Foundation’s fundraising total for the project to more than $1 million. Last year, the foundation interviewed more than 700 families who sought assistance. The foundation is currently built to handle less than a quarter of that figure. This pledge will help ensure the organization has the capacity to serve families in need of assistance.
“Family Foundation is unique in that it serves the most vulnerable members of our community: children and families,” said Kuypers.
Family & Youth’s services include advocacy, counseling and educational support through eight distinctly different agencies: The Leadership Center for Youth, Autism Support Alliance, Children & Families Action Network, Performance Employee Assistance and Business Services, CASA - Court Appoint Special Advocates for Children, Human Services Response Institute, Shannon Cox Counseling Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Boyd Gaming President and CEO Keith Smith and Executive Chairman Bill Boyd joined Kuypers in presenting the donation to the Family & Youth staff, a representation of the Company’s mission to give back to the communities it calls home.
“This is something we’ve always wanted to do, particularly to help young people get better and have a better life,” said Bill Boyd.
“It was an honor to be there for the presentation, but we were humbled by having Keith and Bill fly in to present the check,” said Kuypers.
The donation moved the team members of Delta Downs, whom Kuypers said continue to be dedicated to supporting the needs of the surrounding community with their participation in a number of local fundraisers and drives for a host of local charities throughout the year.
“We hope to continue to support Family Foundation with its mission to provide affordable, professional support for children and families in need,” said Kuypers. “Family Foundation’s efforts and commitment to building family values will help build a more stable and stronger southwest Louisiana.”