Children’s Programs Not Cut Despite Washed Out Fundraiser

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(Memphis) Memphis non-profit Porter Leath is bouncing back after losing more than $90,000 to help run programs for underprivileged children.

Mother Nature is to blame after hard rains washed out the non-profit's biggest fundraiser, The Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Festival.

The rain left the group with empty tables and chairs, but stuck them with thousands of pounds of mudbugs.

“I had to back haul ten thousand pounds of it of it to Louisiana where I didn’t get my profit. I didn’t get my cost, but it's better than nothing,” said Mike Warr with Porter Leath.

But despite losing close to 90 percent of the fundraiser's expected donations, Warr says programs and services will not be cut for families this year.

Unexpectedly, donations are still coming.

“Ten dollars here, 25 dollars there. A lot of people said 'here, I would have spent this money at the festival,'” said Warr.

These donations aren’t the only unexpected funds.

This year the group is getting a lot of big grants and donations from national organizations they haven't seen since 2008 when the economy tanked.

“It makes me feel great that we don’t have to impact children and families that are struggling because we've had a financial situation,” said Warr.