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Athletics: UL athletic celebration set Aug. 29

The Advertiser, July 30, 2015

Cajuns fans can show their support for the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Cajundome Convention Center.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, is a fundraiser for the recruitment and retention of quality coaches who create successful athletic programs on the national level.

“The Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Celebration is a great way to kick off the new year, and since the funds raised help attract and retain coaches, it allows us the ability to maintain this same level of competitiveness,” said athletic director Scott Farmer. “We have an incredible group of head coaches. Not only is it important to be able to keep them part of the Ragin’ Cajuns family, but retaining the large majority of our assistant coaches in recent years has been a huge factor in the recent success of our entire program.”

The event, which offers complimentary food and drinks, a silent auction and a tribute to the coaches, this year features live music by Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns.

The celebration embraces a program that is a proven economic driver. An independent analysis by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and Vermilion Marketing and Opinion Research revealed that the university’s football program alone injects upwards of $30 million into the local economy each year.

Tickets are $150 (admits two) and can be purchased via ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to cajunscelebration@gmail.com or call Brad Pellegrin at 337-354-6452.

Tables and sponsorships are still available.

Silent auction and information updates will be posted on the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Celebration Facebook page.