As one of many organizations working to benefit the lives of those who have served their country proudly, the Wounded War Heroes has provided therapy services to hundreds of wounded servicemen and women across Louisiana for free. Founded in 2011, the organization has mainly focused on providing these servicemembers with a therapeutic outdoor experience both to help alleviate some of the anxiety these members face upon returning from combat, and also to thank them for their courageous service to our country.
Through hosting many events including clay invitationals, auctions for memorabilia, and more importantly, fishing trips, the Wounded War Heroes has greatly assisted hundreds of servicemembers as they re-enter society and donated thousands to veteran programs around the state.
This year, the organization was excited to partner with Cenac Marine Services and its CEO, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr., for the sixth year in a row to host four veterans at the 2018 Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitational (HOFI). This year’s group consisted of U.S. Army Veterans Danny Jackson, Shane Girard, and Jason Austin, along with Marine Veteran Michael Savoie.
During the event, there was a presentation of the flag to thank the honored veterans for all their work, a moment of silence to honor all those who have served, and an introduction by board member, Dickey Robicheaux.
Each year, Wounded War Heroes hosts the Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitation (HOFI) to raise money through auctions and donations for these servicemembers, with all proceeds raised going to local and national charities. In 2018, the invitational raised over $10,000 to support future events for servicemen in the community.
The annual three-day event, held at the Harbor Light Pavillion, is exclusively for employees in the oilfield, and features fishing out of beautiful Cocodrie, Louisiana, along with daily celebrations throughout the night – feasting on the day’s catch. Each year, over 3,000 participants attend the event, coming together from all over the country to celebrate the work of our veterans at the largest Saltwater Fishing Rodeo in the South.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr: A Commitment to our Veterans
For the past six years, Cenac Marine Services and owner Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. have graciously provided accommodations for veterans at the Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitational. This includes everything from many delicious meals, round the clock fun, and, of course, chartered fishing trips – allowing these individuals a weekend full of fun and camaraderie, all expenses paid.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr., the third-generation owner of Cenac Marine Services, has always been devoted to honoring and supporting our Veterans. As a lifelong member of the community, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. has donated thousands, in addition to his time, to improve the lives of those who make Louisiana a remarkable place to live – guided by the nature of true southern hospitality.
“Each year, we look forward to partnering with and hosting Veterans in this event. During the tournament, we provide lodging, transportation, and a remarkable fishing experience to each of these deserving individuals.”
“On behalf of Mr. Cenac and Cenac Marine Services, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all veterans and service members, the Wounded War Heroes Organization, and to the Houma Oilman’s Fishing Tournament. We are proud to be a part of this philanthropic event that impacts the lives of these brave individuals.”
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. is thankful for the opportunity to host these incredible individuals and looks forward to the following year, counting down the days until he’s back on the pristine waters of Cocodrie with these brave servicemen.
To learn more about the Wounded War Heroes Organization, the Houma Oilman’s Fishing Tournament, or the philanthropic work of Arlen Benny Cenac Jr., please visit the links below.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr.: Further Reading
- Benny Cenac Jr on Cenac’s Tried and True History
- Benny Cenac, Houma Sponsors Son Rise Christian Music Festival
- Benny Cenac and Cenac Marine Donated Barge Now in Use at SLCC