Derby For Dollars - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Derby For Dollars

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Family & Youth held its first Derby For Dollars event to benefit the Shannon Cox Counseling Center on Saturday, May 4 at The Stables of Le Bocage.

This derby day was more than just fancy hats and suits, it was a time to remember a legacy.

"Shannon Cox was a great person that lived here in Southwest Louisiana and she had a very short life," President and CEO of Family & Youth Counseling Agency Julio Galan said.

Three years ago a woman named Shannon Cox died in a car accident. She made it her life's work to help those who couldn't help themselves.

"She was a great daughter and we will miss her so much," Shirley Webb, Shannon's mother, said. 

The Derby For Dollars event is in honor of Shannon and Shannon Cox Counseling Center for grieving children.

"It's very important. There's a lot of children that need help. They need the therapy that they can't have and through this counseling center, it's something that they can have," Webb said.

The Shannon Cox Counseling Center in SWLA is to help those in need, especially children, according to Galan.

"We do a lot of grief counseling to benefit children in SWLA," Galan said. "We are benefiting hundreds of children who have lost a significant person in their lives."

Hats off to a great cause and a benefit with a lot of community support.

All of the proceeds from the Derby For Dollars will go toward the Shannon Cox Counseling Center. 

For more information you can visit the Family & Youth Counseling Agency website or call the center at 337-436-9533.

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