Charity League announces support for organizations _lowres

Photo provided by Jane Lilly Pendergist -- The Zachary Charity League includes 10 members founded by Ava Howard, Carrie Godbold, Laura-Kate Amrhein, Jaime Engels and Renee Beadle, from left. The league has announced support in 2015 for the Zachary Food Pantry, Zachary Volunteer Fire Department and Zachary Police Reserves.

The Zachary Charity League is a new organization of 10 women formed by founders — Laura-Kate Amrhein, Renee Beadle, Jaime Engels, Carrie Godbold and Ava Howard — who have been working together for about six years on various fundraising events.

“We formed this charity league because we wanted to officially help people but mainly we wanted to help those in our own community,” Renee Beadle said.

The charity league that consists of 10 women has chosen to financially support three organizations in 2015.

The league’s monetary donations will be used to assist in costs associated with keeping the Zachary community safe as well as toward making it a comfortable place to live, Beadle said.

The league has chosen to support the Zachary Food Pantry, Zachary Police Reserves and the Zachary Volunteer Fire Department.

The league hopes residents will help support the women’s chosen causes by attending or donating to one of their upcoming charity events that directly benefit the food pantry, volunteer firefighters and reserve police officers.

“We hope everyone can all join together in the spirit of Zachary Connected to help others who need it,” Beadle said. Zachary Connected is a citywide kindness initiative modeled after Rachel’s Challenge, which was in honor of Colorado teen Rachel Scott, who was the first killed in the 1999 Columbine school shootings.

Scott wrote about her life in her diaries, which urged people to start a chain reaction of kindness.

On Dec. 6, the women’s league will host a visit with Santa on the Polar Express at Zachary’s train depot in downtown Zachary at the railroad tracks.

Two opportunities to visit Santa will be at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 per child.

The ZCL says it chose the train depot to bring awareness to the “Preserve the Depot” campaign started by the city and to bring children together for a visit with Santa.

The women’s league also is collecting canned goods for the Zachary Food Pantry.

As children and parents arrive at the Polar Express, Santa and his elves will collect canned goods and nonperishable food items to help feed the hungry in the community during the holidays.

In February, the league will host the Zachary Charity Ball.

Ticket information and details about the charity ball will be forthcoming, Beadle said.

All proceeds raised at the ball and upcoming events will benefit the ZCL’s chosen organizations for 2015.

In the spring, a charity tennis tournament and citywide Easter egg hunt are planned, the league said.

All monetary donations to ZCL events are tax-deductible.

For information about the organization, email zachary or visit Zachary Charity League on Facebook.