“Without being a scout, he was the best scout I ever knew.” said Art Hawkins.
“He knew everyone, and I mean everyone,” said Kaylin King.
For almost 20 years, Jimmy King Sr. was a huge part of the Acadiana Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction. But on Wednesday night, he played a different role.
“We lost him earlier this year so tonight we’ll be honoring him and all that he’s done,” said Art Hawkins, Evangeline Area Council’s, Executive Director.
From New Orleans to Texas, King’s family traveled from all over to honor his legacy and his love for both the scouts and this annual event.
“It’s a great honor to have them recognize his contributions to this organization. It’s very heartwarming to see what an impact he had,” said Kaylin King, Granddaughter of Jimmy King.
The night kicked off with dinner followed by silent and live auctions
“Then we have the grand finale auction which is the bigger prizes like the trips and the paintings,” said King.
“We have about 300 items that we’ll be auctioning off,” said Hawkins.
All of which is in support of scouting in Acadiana.
“The Boy Scouts of America serves the 8 traditional parishes of Acadiana which represents about three thousand families,” said Hawkins.