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Community Foundation of Acadiana Celebrates Local Philanthropists

pr-lip-awardees(Lafayette, La.) — Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) fourth-annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon was held on November 14, 2014 at the Cajundome Convention Center. The event celebrated the following outstanding philanthropists from eight parishes across Acadiana who have made a positive impact in their communities:

Acadia Parish – Bobby and Mollie Hanks
Evangeline Parish – Gervis LaFleur
Iberia Parish – Donald “Doc” Voorhies
Lafayette Parish – Bob Lowe
St. Landry Parish – Dr. Joe H. Wilson
St. Martin Parish – Virginia Olivier Yongue
St. Mary Parish – Johnny and Mary Lou Conrad
Vermilion Parish – Mary Ellen Sonnier

This year, an inaugural Corporate Award was also presented to Stone Energy, a local company with a history of supporting many great causes in the community. Short videos about each nominee were shown at the luncheon. The event also featured keynote speaker Stephen Post, founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Post shared the links scientists have uncovered between giving and happiness, focusing on the impact on overall well-being that comes from caring for others.

Nominations for the Leaders In Philanthropy Awards were submitted by the public and winners were selected by CFA’s Board of Directors Emeriti. “We are very proud to showcase the generous spirit of Acadiana by recognizing these outstanding citizens from each parish,” said Raymond J. Hébert, CFA president and CEO. “They are an inspiration and a reminder of the difference we can all make when we give back to our communities.”

The Community Foundation of Acadiana is now accepting nominations from the community for the 2015 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Please visit to submit your Leaders In Philanthropy Award nomination for your parish. Contact Erin Winder with questions at [email protected] or 337-769-4842.

Photo: Back from left: Kevin Moody, CFA Board Chair; Dr. Joe H. Wilson, St. Landry Parish award recipient; Bob Lowe, Lafayette Parish award recipient; Bobby Hanks, Acadia Parish award recipient; Gervis LaFleur, Evangeline Parish award recipient; Donald “Doc” Voorhies, Iberia Parish award recipient; Johnny Conrad, St. Mary Parish award recipient; David H. Welch, Stone Energy Corporate Award; Raymond J. Hébert, CFA president and CEO. Front from left: Mollie Hanks, Acadia Parish award recipient; Virginia Yongue, St. Martin Parish award recipient; Mary Lou Conrad, St. Mary Parish award recipient. Not pictured: Mary Ellen Sonnier, Vermilion Parish award recipient.

The 2014 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon was sponsored by CFA’s Platinum and Gold Ambassadors. Platinum Ambassadors include: Acadian Total Security, a division of Acadian Company, and Superior Energy Services. Gold Ambassadors include: America’s Pizza Company, a franchisee of Pizza Hut; Billeaud Companies; Alan and Shelley Breaud; Broussard & David, LLC; Channel One Digital; Dore Family Foundation; Cox Communications; Fab-Con, Inc.; FENSTERMAKER; Greenscape Grounds Management; Lafayette General Health; Lee Michaels; LHC Group, Inc.; Mello Joy Coffee; MidSouth Bank; the Moody Company; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Lippman; Rader Solutions; The Regional Health System of Acadiana; Mike & Cheryl Robicheaux; John and Kathy Rongey, Louisiana Scrap Metal; Stewart & Becky Shea; Spherion Staffing Service; Sunland Construction, Inc.; Taco Bell / Brenda & Greg Hamer; White Mountain Buffalo Fund; Whitney Bank. Ambassadors give annually to the Foundation and receive benefits such as sponsorship of the Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Please contact Raymond J. Hébert to learn more at 337-769-4848.


Community Foundation of Acadiana is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized, for the second year, among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $135 million in cumulative gifts and over $73 million in cumulative grants since CFA’s inception. Learn more at