My guests this morning talked about Give Nola Day, which will help some great non-profits on the Northshore. Thanks to Kelly, Emily and Jeff. Find out more at givenola.org
"Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."
The Lake 94.7 picked up some hardware from the East St Tammany Chamber of Commerce!!!
She really is a funny girl, that Anna!
Judy Carmichael playing the Dew Drop Saturday night. Want to thank Judy and Lynn Mitchell, chairman of the Friends of the Dew Drop for stopping by..
Lots of great people supporting Berkeley Mardis.
The Northshore softball community came together Saturday for a truly worthy cause and a labor of love hosted by Fontainebleau High and St. Scholastica Academy sponsoring a “Strike Out Cancer” benefit softball doubleheader to help raise funds for Fontainebleau 15-year-old freshman player Berkeley Mardis. Berkeley was diagnosed back in January with a form of aggressive cancer in her right calf. “Berkeley Is On Deck For The Cure” and underwent surgery Tuesday at Children’s Hosptial in New Orleans and it went well under the circumstances. Please keep berkeley and her family in your thoughts and prayers. I spoke with Berkeley, following Saturday’s double-header, and I quickly found out just how special and incredibly positive, a young-person she truly is. She talked about being surprised with the large turnout. “There were a lot of people, who showed up and I am truly grateful to have this many people on my side. I’m just very thankful for all of this,” Mardis said.
"My teammates have been so supportive and I love them. They write my name on their wrists and Savannah Folse carves my initials on the pitching mound during games. It’s amazing what they do for me and I am just so grateful," Mardis went on to say. Berkeley said she made friends with the Slidell softball team and they want to follow her on insta gram.
Lori Anne Mardis, Berkeley’s mom said the outpouring of love from the Northshore softball community has been a God send and their family has been truly blessed feeling so fortunate to have the wonderful medical facilities at Children’s Hospital.
Fontainebleau head coach Chris Nelson said at first they didn’t think the softball doubleheader would take place due to all of the rainfall Friday night. “We looked at each other and said we have to make this happen. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the large crowd was tremendous. They wanted to help the Mardis family. It’s such a sad story for Berkely, but at the same time it’s a very inspiring story,” Nelson said. Nelson went on to say, how grateful he was to St. Scholastica Academy and Doves’ head coach Charles Richard for hosting the event and putting in the amount of hours it took to get the field ready. Here’s a “Shout Out” for all those who took part in draining and getting the playing field squared away. The all-volunteer grounds crew gets an A-Plus for their tireless efforts in making the ‘Strike Out Cancer” softball benefit doubleheader a reality. Nothing like a lot of manual ‘volunteer’ labor to make the heart feel good. SSA Doves’ head softball coach Charles Richard said it was a major undertaking to get the field ready with all the rain. “The guys did a great job. We were pumping water and moving dirt for hours to be able to get the game in,” Richard said. Richard said the whole Fontainebleau coaching staff, Evan Conravey, Greg Zelden and his son, Trent, got the job done.
Also kudos to Scott Bridges and his excellent concession stand volunteer crew, with Jimmy and Jamie Taylor, handling the cooking and all the volunteers, who went above and beyond keeping the masses fed during the fund-raising event.
Coach Richard said SSA has been in the community for 110 years and the school’s philospphy has always been prayer, work, study and community.
Fans and softball players, including Berkeley along with her twin brother and sister, Bennett and McKinley, took part in some fun activities following the double-header, which included a home run derby, running competition from home to second and a Jugs gun Mile-Per- Hour throw. Thanks to former Fontainebleau parent Jimmy Hewitt, the father of FHS graduate and softball player, Jade Hewitt, who continues to excel in his behind-the-scenes efforts in support of St. Tammany Parish softball. Mr. Hewitt, said, “it goes to show when people are devoted to a cause to make something happen anything is possible through hard work. I’m pretty sure When the rain hit all day Friday and again Saturday morning that we were probably one of the few that actually got games in here in the New Orleans metro area.” Hewitt said SSA was gracious in hosting the event and SSA and Fontainebleau pooled their resources to make it happen despite the torrential rain.
In the actual “Strike Out Cancer” game action, Berkeley Mardis’ teammates, the FHS Lady Bulldogs, made a late comeback and defeated the Mandeville Lady Skippers 5-2. Fontainebleau’s Shelby Rome picked up the victory to move to 9-3 and went 2-for-2 at the plate. Alivia Soto also collected two hits, knocked in a run and scored once. Fontainebleau, 17-5, is still a top the District 6-5A race at 7-1. Mandeville, 12-7, stands at 4-4 in the district race. Mandeville’s Rachel Fanning took the tough luck loss, recording 12 strikeouts, while Rebecca Dragg and Leah Sulzer knocked in runs for the Lady Skippers. The host SSA Doves took on Dominican in the nightcap and fell 5-1.
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