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Thank You, Hometown Heroes!

Harlem Ambassadors vs. NAMI SWLA's Hometown Heroes Fundraising Event

Lake Charles Civic Center ~ Wednesday, January 13th, 2010



Hometown Heroes Team: (Front Row-Left to Right) Helen Lewis-Dunn, Johnny Suydam, Michael Raichel, Josua Benoit, Kip Texada, Frank Harrell, Phil deAlbuquerque, Carol Sensley, Thom Hagar (Second Row) Marcus Wilridge, Brandon Thomas, Jacob Calonna, Roger Templeton, Larry Spears, Bob Brankline, Gary Brown, Don Dixon, Britney Glaser, Tom Annino (Back Row) Kevin Guidry, James Stahl, Kevin Thibodeaux, Eric Crawford. (Missing Players) Mayor Randy Roach and Senator Willie Mount ~ *See below for detailed listing of players and sponsors.


     Our Special Sponsors!

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Half-Time Sponsors

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Harlem Ambassador's Hotel Accommodations        The Jambalaya News Issue Sponsor

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Player Sponsors

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Ticket Package Sponsors

Ticket Package Sponsors: Richard Law Firm, L.L.C. (300) Student/Senior Tickets – Donated to: Various schools and churches around SWLA; Ship to Shore Co. (60) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Volunteers of America - Lake Villa Mental Health Apartments, Genesis Complex Therapeutic Riding, and Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf; Judge Bradberry, Juvenile Court – (45) Student/Senior Tickets; United Way of Southwest Louisiana - (36) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Foreman-Reynaud Community Center & Boys and Girls Villages Foundation; State Representative Chuck Kleckley (R-District 36) - (36) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Literacy Council of SWLA & Junior Achievement; Resource Management Services -(30) Student/ Senior Tickets – Donated to: NAMI SWLA “Circle Up” Group; CSE Federal Credit Union - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Boy Scouts of America (Quarter Sponsor Donation of Benefit Tickets); Casa Manana Restaurant - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Big Brothers/Big Sisters; NAMI National Board of Directors - (10) Student Senior Tickets - Donated to: NAMI SWLA Consumers; SWLA USMC, Det. 535 - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Harbor House; Susy Courville – (15) Student/Senior Tickets, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Donated to: Red Cross Aftercare Program LCMH; Susan Fry, Office of Mental Health, Region 5 Director - Personal Donation - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: NAMI Maison D'Amis Mental Health Apartments; Stanley and Rebecca Primeaux, Creole, LA - Personal Donation - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Fatherhood Mentoring Foundation, Inc; Randy Robb, Exec. Director, Chennault International Airport Authority - Personal Donation - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Calcasieu Women's Shelter; James Stahl, Lake Charles, LA - Personal Donation - (15) Student/Senior Tickets - Donated to: Genesis Complex Therapeutic Riding; Wayne Walker – (15) Student/Senior Tickets – Personal Donation.


Randy Roach, Mayor of the City of Lake Charles, LA~ Sponsored by: Personal Donation

Senator Willie Mount, LA State Senate, District 27 ~ Sponsored by: Personal Donation and United States Marine Corps. League, Det. 535

Don Dixon, Chief of Police, Lake Charles Police Dept. ~ Sponsored by: COPS N' JOCKS

Kevin Guidry, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror, District 9, Child Abuse Prevention Council Member, & National Football League Alumni ~ Sponsored by: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel

Hal McMillin, President, Calcasieu Parish Police Jurors, District 14 Police Juror ~ Sponsored by: Personal Donation

Phil de Albuquerque, Owner/Publisher, The Jambalaya News, and President of the Board of Directors of the Lake Charles Children’s Museum ~ Sponsored by: The Jambalaya News

Kip Texada, Director of Ward 3 Recreation, McNeese State University Alumni, & former LA Swashbuckler Head Coach ~ Sponsored by: Randy Robb (Personal Donation)

Michael Raichel, A. M. Barbe High School Graduate, U.S. Naval Veteran, & NAMI SWLA Consumer ~ Sponsored by: The Raichel Family

Britney Glaser, KPLC-TV, Channel 7, News Anchor & Health Reporter, & Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer ~ Sponsored by: Anonymous Donation

Brandon Thomas, Defensive Back for the LouisianaSwashbucklers & 2009 All SIFL Team ~ Sponsored by: Louisiana Swashbucklers

Marcus Wilridge, Wide Receiver for LouisianaSwashbucklers, SIFL’s Offensive Player of the Year ~ Sponsored by: Louisiana Swashbucklers

Frank Harrell, St. Louis High School Band Director, former Sam Houston High School Principal, former Westlake H. S.  Band Director for 23 years~ Sponsored by: Westlake High School Ram Band Alumni

Wendell Benoit, City of SulphurFire Department, Station 2, Firefighter/Engineer ~ Sponsored by: Sulphur Fire Department Local 3765 and Paradise Smoothie & Coffee

Carol Sensley, Asst. Youth Dir., Living Word Christian Center, former MSU Women’s Basketball Coach ~ Sponsored by: Dr. Peter J. Dorsey, DDS & Latonia Morrison (Personal Donation)

Larry Spears, Owner of Paradise Smoothie and Coffee, Sulphur, LA, and The Jambalaya News Issue Sponsor ~ Sponsored by: Paradise Smoothie &Coffee

Tom Annino, KPLC-TV, Channel 7, Sports Director ~ Sponsored by: Business 1st Bank

James Stahl, Enbridge & NAMI SWLA Committee Member & Volunteer ~ Sponsored by: Houma Filter & Supply Co., Inc.

Joshua Benoit, City ofSulphur Fire Department, Station 1, Firefighter ~ Sponsored by: Sulphur Fire Department Local 3765

Eric Crawford, NAMI SWLA Board of Directors, NAMI SWLA Consumer ~ Sponsored by: Compro-Tax, Inc.

Rev. Roger Templeton, Assoc. Pastor, St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church, & NAMI SWLA Board of Directors ~ Sponsored by: St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church

Gary Brown – Conoco Phillips, NAMI SWLA Board of Directors

Jacob Colonna - Attorney, Richard Law Firm ~ Sponsored by: Richard Law Firm, L.L.C.

Guest Player - Kevin Thibodeaux - Former Washington Generals Basketball Player, & Former MSU Varsity Basketball Player ~ Sponsored by: Richard Law Firm, L.L.C.

Guest Referee- Thom Hagar, President, Southern Indoor Football League and Owner of the LouisianaSwashbucklers ~ Sponsored by: Louisiana Swashbucklers and Paradise Smoothie & Coffee

Guest Coach- Johnny Suydam – former McNeese State University Football and Baseball Coach , and Voice of MSU Cowboy Football.

Head Coach - Helen Lewis - Asst. Dir. of Calcasieu Parish Parks and Recreation, and former University of Louisiana Women's Varsity Basketball Player