Local girl asked for donations for LSU Vet School in lieu of birthday gifts
BATON ROUGE, LA — Ariel Sully is not your typical 8-year-old girl. Instead of birthday presents, she asked her friends to bring donations for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to her party. Ariel wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Ariel’s birthday party was held on October 8 (her birthday is October 7), and she had a large donation jar at the park during her party.
She and her friends donated over $260 for the veterinary school.
“I am very proud of my daughter for this very unselfish decision,” said Kerry Sully, Ariel’s mother, who is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. “We found a hurt turtle in the road and brought it here,” added Kerry. “Ariel reminded me of that when she told me she wanted to raise money to help animals. She said she wanted to help the animals at the LSU hospital.”
Ariel and some of her family and friends presented the donation to Dean Peter F. Haynes on October 12. Ariel received a medal and a certificate for her generosity, and she and her guests were given a special tour of the veterinary school.