(Lafayette, La.) — Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) fifth annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon was held on Nov. 3, 2015 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 — Charlotte & Joe Freeland
· Evangeline Parish — Kermit & Sheila Miller
· Iberia Parish — Johnny & Cathy Indest
· Lafayette Parish — Paul Hilliard
|· St. Landry Parish — Pat & Alice Morrow
· St. Martin Parish — David Buck
· St. Mary Parish — Sylvia & Fulton C. “Butch” Felterman, Jr.
· Vermilion Parish — Paul Patout & Patrick Patout
This year two Corporate Awards were also presented to Cabot Corporation and Van Eaton & Romero, LLC, a Latter & Blum Company. These Acadiana companies have a long history of supporting many great causes in the community. Short videos detailing the philanthropic nature of each awardee were shown at the luncheon. The event also featured keynote speaker Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and author of “Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits.”
Nominations for 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, president and CEO of CFA. “They are an inspiration and a reminder of the difference we can all make when we give back to our communities.”
CFA is now accepting nominations from the community for the 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards. Please visit www.cfacadiana.org/2016LIPNominations to submit a nomination for your parish. The deadline to submit is Dec. 9, 2015. Contact Erin Winder, communications and development director with questions. She can be reached at [email protected] or 337-769-4842.
Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is South Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefitting the region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $156 million and has made cumulative grants of over $79 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.