Cleco, local businesses honor veterans, Gold Star families through fundraisers

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Local businesses honored Central Louisiana veterans at a luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria.

Local businesses honored Central Louisiana veterans at a luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria. | Photo Source: KALB

Cleco partnered with eight other companies for the event, which is part of overall fundraising efforts for Folds of Honor. Established in 2007, the mission of the non-profit is to help pay for the education of spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service-members.

Wesley Bauguess shared with guests how the scholarship her two daughters received has enriched their lives. Her husband, Major Larry Bauguess was killed in 2007 while serving in Pakistan. Bauguess said Folds of Honor not only gave her daughters a quality education but assured them that the sacrifice of Major Bauguess has not been forgotten.

Wednesday's luncheon precedes Cleco's charitable golf tournament Thursday. Opening ceremonies for Tee Off for a Cause begin at 9:15 a.m. at Oakwing Golf Course in Alexandria. This is the companies fifth year sponsoring the golf tournament, which has raised money for organizations like Susan G. Komen and Lions Clubs of Louisiana. Folds of Honor will be presented proceeds from Wednesday's luncheon and Thursday's golf tournament on November 11.

The following businesses contributed or donated at Wednesday's luncheon: AFCO Industries, Inc., Christus Cabrini Hospital, Evangeline Bank and Trust Company, Crest Industries, Great-West Financial, Procter & Gamble, Rapides Regional Health Care, Sam Stokes Nursery and UTLX Manufacturing LLC.

Folds of Honor has awarded about 24,500 scholarships to family members of fallen and disabled service members in all 50 states. Spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through Folds of Honor at www.foldsofhonor.org.

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