Lake Charles, Louisiana: This weekend, August 17th, 2019, the St. Nicholas Center for Children hosted their annual “Seersucker and a Solitaire” event. The swanky southern party benefited the children and families of the St. Nicholas Center for Children in Lake Charles. Featuring wonderful cuisine, both a live and silent auction full of fabulous prizes, and the chance to win a 1 carat solitaire diamond provided by Navarro’s Jewelry & Gifts, it was the perfect event to end the summer. The St. Nicholas Center for Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “transforming the lives of children with autism, delays, and disorders by providing therapy and family support,” according to their website.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the evening was the joyful bidding war between Mr. Lee Mallett, owner of a presenting sponsor of the event. Mallett Buildings, and another attendee. Brittany Schwem, Development Director at the St. Nicholas Center for Children stated, “A highlight from the night was when Mr. Mallett generously bid $26,000 on one of our auction items. Our auction gives the families at St. Nicholas Center an opportunity to help raise money to offset the cost of therapy. The particular item Mr. Mallett won was donated by the center, which means that it will benefit all of our children. We would like to take that money to offer scholarships and purchase equipment for every child to use. His kind gesture had everyone cheering and certainly set the tone for a successful evening. We are extremely appreciative that he attended Seersucker and a Solitaire and showed everyone that he supports our children. “
The room was in awe of Lee Mallett’s generosity as he immediately received a standing ovation from the crowd. “I cannot think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than supporting an organization as amazing as the St. Nicholas Center. With every penny spent, I know that their team will help to benefit a local family in need and to play a small role in helping them do so is extremely heartwarming,” said Lee Mallett.
The event has become an annual favorite among the Lake Charles community. “ We are finding that our community loves to get behind events, especially when they can connect with the cause. They love helping people,” Schwem stated, “Events like Seersucker and a Solitaire not only give us the opportunity to celebrate children with autism and their successes, it gives us a platform for awareness and to show families they do not have to walk this journey alone.”