Raffles and football raise money for local family

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Officers with the Picayune Police Department are conducting a raffle to raise funds for the family of Donovan Trudell.

Capt. Theresa Milar started the raffle a few weeks ago to help Trudell check off everything on his wish list, she said.

For $1 per ticket, or $20 for a book of 25, participants can enter to win a shotgun or rifle from Richie’s Pawn and Gun, or $300 in cash, Milar said.

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They will also be raffling off two tickets to the New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions game on Dec. 4, Milar said.

Trudell’s stepfather and two uncles have worked for the Picayune Police Department, Milar said.

“We feel like they’re family too and we wanted to do something,” she said.

Trudell, 12, of Picayune, is currently being treated for hepatoblastoma, liver cancer, at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, according to previous coverage.

Some of Trudell’s wishes include going to the mountains—which he did recently—and visiting Disney World, Milar said.

The cost to travel to Memphis and back is weighing on the family, Milar said, and she is looking for any way to help.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Picayune Police Department, Pine Tree Lanes, Richie’s Pawn and Gun, Uniforms by Bales and PJ’s Coffee, Milar said.

She can be reached at 601-273-1602 for more information.

Names will be drawn on Nov. 17, Milar said.

At the Oct. 7 game against Hattiesburg High School, Robertson Brothers vowed to donate $100 for every Picayune touchdown; Picayune ended up winning the game and scoring eight times.

“As bad as things are right now with him, the last thing that his family needs to worry about is money,” Josh Robertson, who used to coach Trudell, said. “We’re glad that they scored a lot of points and we were able to give so much.”

Lifestyle Landscaping also made a $200 donation during the game, bringing the total to $1,000, Milar said.

“We hoped we could do something like that and it would spark some interest from other local businesses,” Robertson said.




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