St. Rose, LA, June 20, 2016 – Glen Smith, Gary Smith, Sr. and Sen. Gary Smith, Jr. of The Magnolia Companies of LA, LLC, presented to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division a monetary donation in support of the Sheriff’s Office annual “First Class Sheriff’s Camp.” This July will be the 20th year in which the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has hosted the week long adventure. Every summer the Sheriff’s office hosts this camp for boys ages 12-16, designed to “blend outdoor experience, education in instructional skills, career building education, values, ethics, and leadership development to combat the causes of violence and crime” with the goal of “providing the lessons of respect and responsibility, which helps point the boys in the right direction on the road to success.” This year, they are anticipating filling 70 spots with young men that have been selected by recommendation through local schools, churches, and deputies.
On June 20, 2017, The Magnolia Companies was honored with a visit from the two Special Services Division officers, Corporal James Grimaldi and Corporal Lennie Brown, who helm the fundraising and the enactment of this program.
“Overall, this is a wonderful experience and we, as members of the Sheriff’s Office, see firsthand how this experience affects these young men whether it is from the handshakes and thank-yous we receive throughout the trip, or the difference we see in the young men’s social skills when they return home.” Corporal James Grimaldi
“This is a fantastic program that the Sheriff’s Office runs; Sheriff Champagne and his officers provide endless support and service to our community. They’re doing a wonderful thing for these young men with the Sheriff’s Camp and we’re honored to contribute to this program.” – Gary Smith, Sr.
For those interested in making a donation or for more information, please call 985-783-1355.
Checks can be made payable to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office
220 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway
Attn: Corporal James Grimaldi
Luling, LA 70070