Led Zeppelin show at St. John Theatre benefits Lowry family

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RESERVE — David Lowry passed away due to cancer complications in 2013, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he left behind.

Some remember Lowry as the St. Charles Catholic softball coach who led the Comets to championship matches in 2003 and 2004. Others knew him from his work in the athletic departments at Tulane University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Nicholls State University and the University of New Orleans.

To his wife, Tricia Lowry, he was a loving husband and father to six beautiful children currently ranging in ages from 10 to 20.

“He lived in the moment,” she said. “That’s who he was. When he was sick, he didn’t think about what was to come. He did things for other people.”

Family friend Pat Dufresne said Lowry loved rock music, especially Zebra and Led Zeppelin, and one of his last requests was that a concert fundraiser be held after his passing to raise money for his family.

On behalf of Team Lowry, Dufresne is hosting a second annual rocking fundraiser featuring music from Zoso, a nationally recognized Led Zeppelin cover band, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at St. John Theatre in Reserve. Proceeds will establish an academic fund for Lowry’s children.

Local acoustic artist Peyton Falgoust will be the opening act for the event.

General admission tickets are $25 and are available for purchase at stjohntheatre.com, Allied Express in LaPlace, Don’s Country Store in Reserve and at the door the night of the event. For $100, guests receive tickets with V.I.P. perks, including V.I.P. parking at St. John Theatre, prime seating, access to pre-concert food and beverages and a post-concert meet and greet with Zoso. Sponsorship packages including V.I.P. tickets are also available online.

Tricia said Lowry was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 when he had a kidney tumor removed. A few months later, the cancer had spread to nodes in his lungs.

Hurricane Isaac struck at the same time, leaving the Lowry family without a home.

In 2013, two months before Lowry’s death, his friends Dufresne and Don Fernandez formed Team Lowry and held a Rock ‘n’ Bowl fundraiser that collected over $130,000 to help move the family into a new house.

Seeing the overwhelming support from the community, Lowry told his friends they needed to continue planning fundraisers, whether or not he lived to see them.

Tricia Lowry, a longtime food science teacher at SCC, has a daughter at LSU and five children in private school. She said the money will primarily go toward elementary and high school tuition costs.

“It was important to us that the kids get a Catholic education,” she said. “The money will be used for the private school tuition so they can stay here and not have to switch schools.”

Tricia Lowry said the River Parishes community is willing to help anyone and everyone, and she’s also grateful for the work Dufresne and Fernandez have put in to be there for her family.

Dufresne said Lowry and his wife were two people meant for each other, and his friendship with Lowry extends back nearly 30 years.

“We had everything in common: music, sports, humor, faith,” Dufresne said.

Last year, the inaugural rock concert collected more than $15,000 to support the academic fund. Dufresne was pleased but hopes to attract more guests this year.

“We had a fantastic time last year,” Dufresne said. “We hope to make it an annual event, but we need support to keep it going.”

He said the concert will be “the best Halloween weekend event in the River Parishes” and includes fun for all ages.

“We’re reaching two targets here: people who knew David and want to donate to the cause and people looking for something fun to do,” Dufresne said.

Airborne Lounge, located about a block away from St. John Theatre, is hosting pre-concert and post-concert events. Proceeds from ticket raffles and drink sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Team Lowry, Dufresne said.

Those who can’t attend the concert but still wish to help can send donations to the Lowry family fund at United Community Bank, located at 590 Belle Terre Blvd. in LaPlace. For more information, contact Pat Dufresne at 985-212-1856 or pdufresne_2000@yahoo.com.