ULL seeks donations for funeral expenses
Former Marksville High standout Kamar Greenhouse made his University of Louisiana-Lafayette football debut on Oct. 22, playing on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ special teams in a 27-3 win at Texas State. He was playing with a heavy heart, as his mother was ill in a New Orleans hospital
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Allison Greenhouse of Marksville died at the age of 43. Funeral services will be this Saturday (Oct. 29) at 11 a.m. in Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Marksville.
Kamar Greenhouse is a 2015 graduate of MHS. He is now a sophomore at ULL, where he signed to play football in February 2015.
The ULL athletic department has set up a GoFundMe page to help Greenhouse with funeral expenses and other associated monetary needs.
A plea on the page, issued to the Ragin’ Cajun “family,” encourages donations from UL football supporters, saying, “It is in times of crisis that we show the true character of our community.”
“We just really are concerned about Kamar and his younger brothers and sister,” UL coach Mark Hudspeth said. “They all were raised by a single mom who worked two jobs just to provide for them, and then in her passing they don't really have a home anymore to go to.
“Not only that, there was no funding or finances for the funeral,” he continued. “That was something we really wanted, because they were not going to have one. We just thought that was completely unacceptable, not to be able to have a memorial service for his mom.”
That’s why the GoFundMe page “Allison Greenhouse Funeral Expenses” was established, Hudspeth said.
The goal of the fundraising campaign is to collect $15,000. As of this past Thursday, $1,615 had been donated by 21 donors in amounts ranging from $10 to $1,000. Several donations were accompanied by personal expressions of sympathy.
The address of the page is https://www.gofundme.com/allison-greenhouse-funeral-expenses-2w4jzqs
GoFundMe is an online crowd-sourcing fundraising website.
In a released statement on the GoFundMe site, the university states that donations submitted through the page “are compliant per NCAA bylaws.”
Greenhouse “lost her battle with a multitude of medical ailments,” according to the site’s statement.
She was a housekeeper at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville for more than 20 years, and – according to the plea for donations – was “the sole provider for all of her children.”
Allison Greenhouse had been ill for some time, Hudspeth said. When the Cajuns played Tulane earlier this season, Kamar was able to be at her bedside at Tulane Medical Center where she was being treated.