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CFA Announces Awardees for 2012 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves to Keynote Event

(Lafayette, LA) – Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) second annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will be held on November 1st at the Cajundome Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CFA will present a Leader in Philanthropy Award to the following outstanding philanthropists in each of its 8 parish service-areas who have created an impact in their communities:

• Acadia Parish – Michael G. Francis
• Evangeline Parish – Dr. Charles Aswell, III
• Iberia Parish – Ernest Freyou
• Lafayette Parish – Paula Woodson Blanchet
• St. Landry Parish – Reggie & Marie Dupré
• St. Martin Parish – Ray Pellerin
• St. Mary Parish – Bob Miller
• Vermilion Parish – Nathan Granger

Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon | Cajundome Convention Center
November 1, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event will feature keynote speaker Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers®, who was recently named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Graves will speak to attendees about sustaining a successful entrepreneurial business while upholding a strong philanthropic mission. Raising Cane’s has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the top 5000 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the nation for five consecutive years. Furthermore, Graves’ entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized in Nation’s Restaurant News, Chain Leader, QSR, Entrepreneur, Rolling Stone and USA Today.
Individual tickets and tables are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Katie Lahey at 337-769-4844. Tickets are $50 and tables of eight are $495.

The 2012 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is sponsored by CFA Ambassadors, including: America’s Pizza Company, a franchisee of Pizza Hut; Chevron; Cox Communications; Ernest P. Breaux Electrical, Inc.; Fenstermaker; Fugro Chance, Inc.; Greenscape Grounds Management; Human Dynamics, Inc.; Lafayette General Medical Center; MidSouth Bank; Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC; Rader Solutions; Stuller Family Foundation; Sunland Construction, Inc.; The Lemoine Company; The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana; The Savoy Family and Whitney Bank.

For sponsorship information, contact Raymond Hebert at [email protected] or 337-769-4848 or Eric Guidry at [email protected] or 337-769-4845.


Community Foundation of Acadiana’s core purpose is to connect all generous donors to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $100 million and has made cumulative gifts of over $50 million. Learn more at