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Bristow Supports Local Special Olympics; Raises $2,500

February 28, 2014

This past month, more than 20 Bristow employees in New Iberia provided support for the annual Special Olympics Vermilion, Equestrian Event. A part of the Special Olympics Louisiana, the Special Olympics Vermilion serves the Vermilion parish and Acadiana community by providing the financial and emotional resources necessary for handicap members of the community to achieve their athletic goals.

In total, Bristow contributed $2,500 in financial support and also volunteered on the day of the event assisting Special Olympic athletes as they were mounting and dismounting from horses, walking and leading the horses and the athletes, selling t-shirts and taking pictures. Vermilion Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Ellen Arceneaux says Bristow is the reason the event is even possible. “Without Bristow’s financial support and the help they provide at practices and the event, we would not be able to offer this competition for our athletes. Bristow and its volunteers have helped to make this event special for our athletes.”

Bristow’s Kent Rodriguez who served in a leadership role throughout the event is proud to be a part of the Special Olympics and to serve his community. “This was my fourth year involved in the equestrian event and it is by far the most gratifying thing I have involved myself in. To see the look of such joy in people who are the most innocent among us is extremely rewarding. I would definitely encourage my colleagues as well as Bristow to continue to support this very special event.”

The next equestrian event is scheduled for October 18, 2014.