2017 and Beyond

As the outgoing president of 10/31 Consortium, I would like to thank you for your support during the past year. 10/31 Consortium is in a stage of growth and it has been my honor to participate in nurturing and guiding that growth as your Board President. Like many years before, this year has proved to be both challenging and rewarding. However, this year is especially rewarding as we have finally defined our true purpose and attained a goal 7 years in the making.

 

Up until last year, 10/31 Consortium was a classified as a 501c4 nonprofit club that gave to local charities. That is no longer the case. We are now a 501c3 nonprofit organization with our very own charitable initiative! We are no longer a parade group that gives to charities; we are a charity that puts on a parade. That distinction is very important and it has changed the way the organization is managed. I invite you to read our new Mission Statement which clearly outlines the organization’s priorities. Don’t worry, we will still bring you the same fun and creative Halloween events you have come to love! However, there are some changes on the horizon as we continue to transition from club to charity. We hope you will continue to join and support us as we grow in our efforts to serve the Baton Rouge community through the fun and creativity of Halloween.

 

2017 Accomplishments:

 

  1. Revised mission statement, vision, goals and objectives to align the organization with its new 501c3 status.

  2. Successfully launched the Trick or Treat Assistance Program with our first neighborhood beneficiary, the Melrose Place subdivision located at the corner or Florida Boulevard and North Foster.

  3. Collected and distributed over 600 Halloween costumes for children in need with priority given to the Big Buddy Program and the Melrose Place Subdivision.

  4. Added a Halloween candy drive to our costume drive efforts.

  5. Collected 607 pounds of food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at the Halloween Parade alone (equates to 505 meals).

  6. Signed a $25,000 donation agreement with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital which will give us naming rights to a Family Consultation Room in the new freestanding hospital.

  7. Expanded the Fifolet Halloween Festival calendar of events to include the Royalty Brunch, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest and many other partner events.

  8. Added fun categories to the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade Awards.

  9. Hosted the longest parade we’ve had to date with almost 50 units.

 

It’s been quite a year to say the least, but there’s so much more to come! I now pass the baton to Bambi Pizzolato as your 2018 Board President. Bambi is a seasoned, dedicated and passionate board member. Her excellent organization skills and talent for recognizing the abilities in others will make her a great president. I am excited to see how we continue to grow under her leadership.

 

Scare ya later,
Todd McCoy

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