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Raffle of the Week: Steve Duhon Benefit Raffle

By Lance Trebesch June 6, 2014

Benefit Raffle for Steve Duhon Brings Support to Duhon’s Battle with Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer

May 31 featured an event that will help a Port Neches, TX man in his battle against cancer. The Benefit Raffle for Steve Duhon, which was held at the Nederland Heritage Festival pavilion, featured music, awesome prizes, and, of course, an outpouring of support for Steve and his family during their trying time.

Beneift Raffle for Steve Duhon

Steve’s brother Joe told The Port Arthur News that Steve was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Joe said that Steve is currently going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Leslie Little, a family friend, also told the newspaper that Steve does have insurance to cover his treatments, but his deductible is unreasonably high. But he is looking at his illness from an uplifting perspective. “He’s a very educated, a very fun loving guy. Kind of a free spirit,” she said to the paper. “This [benefit] is very humbling for him. He told his brother that if this [cancer] has to be, then at least he can bring people closer to God.”

The event went off without a hitch, with tons of support for the Duhon family shown throughout the event. “We were very successful with it,” said Joe, who also said that they spread the word about the event through the newspaper (like The Port Arthur News), flyers, Facebook, and over the telephone. The event, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., included barbeque dinners and a washer tournament, as well as a silent auction featuring some amazing prizes, such as a shotgun signed by the Robertson family (as in the Robertsons from the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty), a guitar signed by country music artist Tracy Byrd, a Ruger M77 Mark II .204 caliber rifle, and a Shimano Curado casting reel and Falcon fishing rod.

If you’re looking for tips on how to plan your special raffle or benefit, Joe said that getting tons of help is essential. “Be very diligent and make sure you have plenty of volunteers,” he said.

You can learn more about Steve and the benefit that was held in his honor at Facebook. If you go to the benefit’s Facebook page, you can see how Steve and his family and friends expressed their appreciation for event-goers’ support love. You can also read more about the event and how to make donations to the Duhon family at The Port Arthur News.