DA holds crawfish boil for NWLA Family Justice Center

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Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center (NWLAFJC) held it’s first Spring Fling Crawfish Boil Extravaganza yesterday evening in the Viking Drive Industrial Park in Bossier City. (Stacey Tinsley/Press-Tribune)

By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center (NWLAFJC) held it’s first Spring Fling Crawfish Boil Extravaganza yesterday evening in the Viking Drive Industrial Park in Bossier City.

Proceeds raised from the sold out event will benefit Victim’s Services for those impacted by Domestic Violence in the nine parishes in the Northwest Louisiana area.

The center’s Executive Director, Jerri Bowen, said all proceeds will go towards helping victims of domestic violence.

“We will use the funds raised at this event to service victims of domestic violence and things that they need. We have counseling, we work with law enforcement, DA’s across 9 parishes. We help in many ways,” Bowen said.

Pictured left to right: Lee Roy Clemons, Debbie Martin, Andrew Jacobs, Jeri Bowen. (Stacey Tinsley/Press-Tribune)

NWLFJC opened in Bossier City as an extension of the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office. NWLAFJC’s mission is to provide a safe and accessible center for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

Coming together as one, yesterday evenings event brought together Judges, DA attorney’s and personnel, law enforcement and guests from 9 parishes.

Andrew Jacobs with the Bossier/Webster parish district attorneys office said, “I would like to say on behalf of the district attorney’s office that we hope for a very successful fundraiser for the family justice center.”

Attendees of the event, held at the warehouse owned by Mr. Jerry Juneau, enjoyed boiled gulf shrimp, crawfish, fried fish, hush puppies, coleslaw and beverages.

Also in attendance was Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, who said, “It is tremendous to see all of the movers and shakers in this community and have them come together at an event like this. It is outstanding.”  

Some of the table sponsors for the event were Jason Parker for Webster Sheriff, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator, Charles Smith for Judge Campaign and Caddo Parish District Attorney.

“It takes everybody to make this thing work. This is great support for a great cause,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Donors from around the area donated the food and beverages for the sold out event. Some of the donors were LA seafood Promotions & Marketing Board, Cane’s, NSBA and Jerry Juneau.