Leesville gala helps small business, community project

By By Lauren Manary / American Press

Vernon Parish locals gathered for a banquet and auction Saturday to benefit small businesses and community programs in its

flagship town, Leesville.

The “Change for Main” Awards Banquet, put on by the Friends of Leesville and its Main Street organization, drew more than

200 guests to St. Michael Catholic Church on Saturday. The event raised money for programs that will beautify and promote

the Main Street District of Leesville — from 1st to 6th streets and Mechanic Street to University Parkway.

“I’m very pleased that a lot of people

came out,” said Tammy Anderson, president of Main Street Executive

Board. “We had lots

of merchants and local businessmen and women. It helps them be

aware of the new businesses, and we encourage them to go there.

It gives the new businesses confidence.”

Although official numbers have not been released, Anderson estimated about $2,000 was raised in the auction part alone.

“We don’t have the numbers in, but I can tell you we’re in the black!” said Sam Kincade, Main Street manager.

Anderson said her first priority for the money raised was improving the farmers market. Projects funding sidewalk improvement,

a mural on an underpass, an outdoor theatre and cigarette butt collecting were also on the list.

Guests bid on a variety of donated

items from businesses in the local area in the Piccadilly Auction, where

bidders could

win items for a few quarters and a bit of luck. Winners took home

massages, handmade furniture, football packages, cookware

and the like.