Sunday afternoon, family and friends of the late Brad Wedlock gathered to celebrate his life.
The event, Plaid for Brad: Scholarship Benefit and Black Pot Cook-Off, was held on the Marley’s Patio in Downtown Lafayette.
Brad died in a tragic car accident last April. He was a doctoral and masters student at UL.
Maegan Wedlock d’Autremont, Brad’s sister, knew her brother as an extreme person. “He did 210 percent and that explains why there’s two scholarships going in his name. He was a full force in everything he did,” said Wedlock.
The Brad C. Wedlock Education and Communications Scholarships were created at UL. Family and friends say education was Brad’s passion.
“He spent so much time with students and furthering his education,” said Dex Commerdale. “W e wanted this event to go towards that cause to continue his legacy throughout Acadiana.”
The event was packed with a black pot cook-off, music, raffle and silent auction. All money raised was donated to Brad’s scholarship fund.
To the Wedlock family, the support they’re receiving echoes the impact Brad made in the community.
“Me and my brother were extremely close so I knew how involved he was but until he’s gone you never really know all of the success and all the friends he actually had and so to see it now it’s million times more than what you ever dreamed of,” said Wedlock.
So far, more than $8,600 was raised in Brad’s name.