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Toss for Hope: LSU PR group organizes fundraiser to help a local non-profit

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:49pm

One in 68 kids have autism, and that number continues to rise. Right here in Baton Rouge, we have an organization helping those kids, but since it's a non-profit, money is tight. So an LSU public relations group wants to help. I'll have more on what the group's doing to make a difference.

More and more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Something that can affect everything from speech to social interaction.

Here in Baton Rouge, that's where Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy comes in.

"We serve a wide geographic area from several parishes, maybe up to ten and 33 zip codes," said Linda Stone, the principal of GBR Hope Academy.

But running a school like this is expensive.

"Our school, of course when you're a non-profit, sometimes funds are tight," Stone admitted.

The school depends on fundraisers like the one an LSU PR group is doing.

"As a group, we chose to work for Hope Academy because it really hit our hearts. I think that we were emotionally driven by this school," said Alex Mouton, Writing Director of the group.

So Alex Mouton and her group came up with a fundraiser to make things a little easier for the academy.

"We're going to implement an event called Toss for Hope which is a Corn Toss Tournament," Mouton said. "We're raising funds to support student scholarships here and expand educational offerings here too.

However, they want to do more than that. They want people to know Hope Academy is here to help.

"We want the parents of Baton Rouge to be aware of the specialized school that we have in this area, and we're hoping that they come out with their kids," said Sierra Winston, event director of the group.

"It's a tremendous thing. We need all the help we can get," Pam Chenevert, the development director of GBR Hope Academy said. "We're going to have some much fun. We're hoping we have tons of people. We're going to have food and cupcakes."

"So, it's very exciting to come out and build awareness, and raise some money for our school," Stone said.

The event will be held friday April 4th from 3:30 to 6:30 P.M. at Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy. It's located at 15333 Jefferson Highway. You can go here to buy tickets for the event here

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