2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Honorees

A lifetime of philanthropy. A native of Iota, LA, Mr. B. I. Moody, III graduated from Rayne High School. He served in the Navy during World War II, then returned home and married his high school sweetheart Thelma "TeĒ Hebert. He enrolled at SLI, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1949, and then set up his CPA firm of Moody, Broussard, Poche' & Guidry.

Throughout his lengthy business career, Moody has had a tremendous impact on the Acadiana area. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chart House Inc. in Lafayette and Chairman of the Board for First National Bank of Lafayette. His services on boards of directors include Rayne State Bank & Trust Company, First National Bank of Crowley, Acadia Savings and Loan Administration, First Commerce of New Orleans, Coastal Chemical Company of Abbeville, Lastarmco Inc. of Abbeville, Riviana Foods Inc. of Houston, Celeron Oil Company Inc. of Lafayette, and Quantum Restaurants Inc. of New York. He also served as chairman of The Moody Company (a privately held holding company with interests in newspapers, restaurants, real estate, oil and gas, and private equity investments) and of Louisiana State Newspapers, Inc., both located in Lafayette.

During this time Te Moody was raising their nine children and volunteering at many school functions. She was and continues to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the St. Michael Catholic Church Ladies' Altar Society, and a local rosary group.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody have truly been "leaders in philanthropyĒ for decades, and their children all learned firsthand at an early age the importance of giving. In 1990 the Moodys formed the Moody family charitable giving foundation to organize and support the family's philanthropic work. Their children sit on the foundation board and review requests and over the years have awarded many millions of dollars to numerous worthy causes. A few of these causes include the Miles Perret Center, the Bishop's Charity Ball, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Opera House of the South, PASA, Evangeline Area Boy Scouts, Faith House, Make a Wish Foundation, New Life Center, ASSIST Agency, Bayou Girl Scout Council, Chorale Acadienne, Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Crowley Christian Care Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Junior League of Lafayette, Lafayette Ballet Theatre, Louisiana Council on Child Abuse, National Downs Syndrome Society, Acadiana Baptist Center, Junior Achievement, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lourdes Foundation, Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, and the list goes on and on. In fact, the area schools, churches, organizations, and individuals touched by their generosity are indeed too numerous to count.

In 2003, in recognition of his service to the business industry in Acadiana as well as his community involvement, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette renamed its Business College the B. I. Moody, III School of Business Administration. In a recent ceremony, ULL President Joseph Savoie noted the impact of Moody's contributions to the University, which total over $8.2 million, including a Moody Match program that was implemented in 2006.

Many successful individuals in Acadiana and beyond owe much of their success to Mr. Moody who has always been willing and eager to help others get started in their own businesses. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of Mr. Moody's career is the large number of millionaires that he has helped create during the past seventy years.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody reside in Crowley, LA where they are members of St. Michael Catholic Church. They are the proud parents of nine children, forty-nine grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Besides support for youth soccer and baseball teams, Lisa and Patrick Norris love spending time with their grandchildren swimming, tubing and fishing.

Patrick and Lisa have been married for 37 years and have three sons, three daughers-in-law and six grandchildren.Patrick and Lisa have the same beliefs when it relates to family, faith and their Community. It all began before they were married and visited St. Jude Childrenís Hospital to see Lisaís cousin. Seeing Colby at this hospital and all of the other children really made an impression on their hearts. Knowing what a family goes through and seeing all of the aid that this hospital gave to a family was amazing and thatís when the little seed was planted in their hearts to help others in need. Sacred Heart of Jesus is their Church Parish and feels like home to them. It was important to support their church and the youth programs of Sacred Heart. 

Lisa became active in Junior Auxiliary of Iberia Parish and their focus was on the Children of Iberia Parish. They support some local elementary schools for educational needs and playground equipment. Project Graduation for the High Schools. Some of the other organizations they support are Miles Perret, Bayou Teche Museum, Paw-T (Angel Paws), 4-H Youth, Bayou Mardi Gras, Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair and Wounded Warriors.

Patrick was born and raised in New Iberia. A 1976 graduate of New Iberia Senior High School. He is a member of the Sacred Heart Menís Prayer Group, Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce member, Iberia Parish Airport Authority where he serves as Chairman and President of Bayou Mardi Gras Association.

Lisa was born in Arnaudville and moved to New Iberia at a very early age. A 1980 graduate of New Iberia Senior High School. She was a Core Member for Sacred Heartís Life Teen youth group. She served as President for Junior Auxiliary of Iberia Parish, Member of a local Rosary Group and current board member of the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association.

Patrick and Lisa are the founders of Norris International Services, a local manufacturing and tubular threading company located in New Iberia.

Patrick and Lisa along with their sons co-founded Norris Tubular Systems located in Houston Texas.

They will tell you that God has blessed them so they are able to pay it forward to others.

Michael Hamner and his daughter Emily Hamner are receiving the 2017 Lafayette Parish Leaders in Philanthropy Award for their partnerships and commitment to nonprofit organizations in Acadiana.

Mike and Emilyís philanthropic passion reaches many areas of our community like the arts, culture, education, animal welfare and religious groups. But their biggest focus is human service needs, partnering with organizations like St. Bernadetteís Community Clinic, a clinic serving the medical needs of the poorest in our community, FoodNet Food Bank, which provides emergency food assistance, Catholic Services of Acadiana and the New Life Center, a shelter for homeless women and children. Though helping the under-served in our community is a passion for Mike and Emily they also partner with nonprofits like CYT (Christian Youth Theatre), Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, Animal Aid of Acadiana, SpayNation, "The Horse FarmĒ and Festival International de Louisiane. The Hamnerís philosophy of giving is to partner with nonprofits to help make their community stronger, healthier and a happier place to live.

Mike is a lifelong resident of Lafayette. He has been involved with many local nonprofit boards such as the United Way of Acadiana, Downtown Development Authority, Realtor Association of Acadiana, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Board having served as chairman of these and other local organizations. He is currently a member of the Lourdes Foundation Board. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and gardening. Mikeís flower garden on University Avenue, near the UL campus, is a delight to all, and is always open to visitors.

Emily is also a lifelong resident of Lafayette and works as the Executive Director for the Pinhook Foundation. Like her father, Emily is a very active volunteer in her community. She serves as President of the Board for FoodNet Food Bank, Secretary of the Big Brother Big Sister of Acadiana Board, an Executive Committee member for Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, an Acadiana Red Cross Board member, a United Way Essentials Council member and she recently joined the Acadiana Animal Aid board.

Emily is also a member of the Junior League of Lafayette and a Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister of Acadiana. In 2016 Emily was recognized as a Women of Excellence by the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women and was a 20 Under 40 Young Leader Award recipient.

In 2016 Emily founded The Pet Food Pantry to help Lafayette residents keep their pets rather than surrendering them to Lafayette Animal Control and she also started My Special Day Project in 2013, which hosts birthday parties for kids in local homeless shelters.

Especially at this time in our community, philanthropy must fill in the gaps that government cannot cover to insure that our community provides the highest possible quality of life for all our neighbors. We can all have a role to play in this important work as a volunteer or a donor.

The 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Award is a distinguished honor created for anomalies like Pat Mason-Guillory. When it comes to selfless acts of volunteerism and service, Pat represents the consummate philanthropist committed to leading, inspiring, honoring, and aiding citizens of St. Landry and its surrounding communities. In addition to her full time position at the St. Landry Parish School Board where she bridges communication between schools and parents, Pat has been the mover and shaker behind many significant veteran-related events and projects for the past 32 years. Behind the limelight, Pat Mason-Guillory compassionately cares for all people, regardless of gender, age, social status, or ethnicity. And thereís an ample amount of evidence to prove this.

Armed with a limitless love of country and veterans, deceased and living, of the United States military, Pat devotes extraordinary amounts of time and energy to ensuring that veterans and their families are honored and cared for. As a widower and mother of a veteran, Pat can easily relate to all the complex facets related to the call of duty. So, in 1990, during the Persian Gulf War, or more popularly termed as Operation Desert Storm, Pat organized a support group for mothers who had sons, daughters, and other family members in the war. Led by Pat, MASH (Mothers Against Saddam Hussein) quickly expanded throughout Acadiana, meeting and mobilizing care packages to over five hundred troops on a weekly basis from their MASH Headquarters in Opelousas. In addition to the daily rigors of work and MASH, Pat provided prayers and support to many families: she comforted families at the dawn of day when the 256th Engineer Battalion deployed for training; she availed herself to every mother and family member who called on her just to talk; she organized prayer vigils; she attended military parades; and she visited other support groups state-wide. Since this was a massive undertaking, Pat volunteered her fortunate family and friends as well!

In January 2004, St. Landry Parish lost their first Fallen Hero in the Iraq War. Phone calls from strangers and friends alike flooded Patís phone, all with one question: How can the community honor our Fallen Hero? As they say, the rest is history. Pat first comforted the Fallen Heroís family and discovered that he was the motherís only son and had served in the U.S. Army for twenty-four years. Although Patís own son returned home safely from the Persian Gulf, Pat related to the family she just met and knew from that moment on that something more had to be done. Again, she organized prayer vigils on Opelousas Court House Square where hundreds attended, provided a shoulder for the mother of the Fallen Hero, and escorted her to events honoring her son throughout Acadian, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and New Orleans. Furthermore, Pat petitioned the St. Landry Parish Government Council to establish a memorial on the Courthouse Square in honor of the first Fallen Hero in St. Landry. Surprisingly, the Council asked Pat to create a plan to honor all veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice from St. Landry Parish.

While others may shy from such a tremendous, time-consuming request, Pat plunged into the project, immersing her heart and soul into planning meetings with committee members. To secure financial and community support, Pat relentlessly presented her plans to various organizations, civic groups, churches, retired teachersí associations and individuals. Though many doors were closed, many opened. Pat persevered and doggedly traveled across Louisiana, talking to high government officials, sponsoring blood drives, holding flag raising ceremonies, selling brick, and other fundraising events. Through highs and lows, Pat heavily relied on faith, hope, and prayers. Prayers for a memorial.

Patís prayers were answered in 2010 when an email from the family of Keith Myers landed in Patís Inbox. The Myers generously committed funds for a bronze statue, but legal issues rescinded land donated and dedicated for the memorial. In spite of this obstacle, Pat, the memorial committee, and the Myers family continued to meet monthly at various sites throughout Opelousas and raise funds for the memorial, although no one knew where the site would be. Then, on June 11, 2011, Bobby Dupre called Pat and invited her to meet him at 5348 Hwy. 182 South of Opelousas, a beautiful 2.5 acre tract of land. Bobby donated the land to Pat under one condition: to establish a memorial within five years or return the land to him.

On September 10, 2014, two years ahead of Bobby Dupreís deadline, and ten years in the making, Pat and her committee dedicated the St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial to Fallen Heroes, to those who served, to those serving, and to their families and loved ones. Patís dream was realized and continues to thrive. The Veterans Memorial is a living monument that requires Patís attention on a daily basis. Since the dedication, Pat and her committee voluntarily work to beautify, enhance, and preserve the Memorial for generations to come. Aside from its aesthetic and symbolic beauty, the Memorial frequently hosts tributes to World War II veterans, family meetings, JROTC field trips, VFW and American Legion events, visitors, and annual celebrations for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Each and every one of these events, big and small, involve Pat and committee members, whether itís laying bricks, picking up trash, filling the display board (which Pat solicited funds for) with brochures and literature, or coordinating formal Memorial Day events involving schools, civic groups, and other organizations. And when events are not taking place, the Memorial serves as a quiet place unto itself, a place of education, a place of hope, a place of peace, serenity and beauty, a place for us all.

Most would predict that Pat would stop with the establishment of the Memorial and most would be wrong. With Pat being Pat, and with the knowledge of brave men and women who sacrifice daily to defend our freedom, Pat pursued former Senator Elbert Lee Guillory to write a Bill to rename three miles of Highway 182 to St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Highway. The Bill passed and the dedication ceremony took place September 15, 2015.

Pat forged onward with a proposal to establish a permanent Memorial sign on the property, one that displays the names of those primarily responsible for establishing the Memorial and can be visibly seen from the highway. This three-year endeavor became reality on February 2, 2017.

At 65 years of age, Pat is unstoppable. She currently aspires to establish a military museum at the Veterans Memorial to allow veterans and family of veterans to have a safe haven where wartime and peacetime memorabilia are preserved. Perhaps the future museum will free up Patís home office, where records dating back to 1990 coexist with letters, cards, and souvenirs sent to her from men and women who served during Operation Desert Storm. And thereís no doubt that St. Landry will have a Veterans Museum in the near future.

Coatney S. Raymond was born and raised in Breaux Bridge. She's always had a passion for Breaux Bridge along with a vision to make the city special!  She started the Breaux Bridge Garden Club after completing a masters garden course with a vision of beautification for the city. She's the current president of the Breaux Bridge Garden Club. 

Other community activities include a member of various organizations, such as chair of the board of trustees for The Tech Center for the Arts, past president of Downtown Merchants Association, past board member of Chamber of Commerce, board member of St. Martin Keep America Beautiful and St. Bernard St. Francis Food Pantry Board and a member of Breaux Bridge Downtown Advisory Committee.

Through these many community organization, Coatney has been involved in many events to attract visitors to Breaux Bridge. Such events include Blooming on the Bayou, Boo on the Bayou for Halloween, Beaucoup des Chiens Beaucoup des Vin, citywide garage sale and Papa Noel comes to Breaux Bridge Christmas.

She was selected by Chamber of Commerce in 2007 as Distinguish Citizen of the Year. In 2015, she was selected as one of the Woman Making a Different by Acadiana Lifestyles.

Recently, Coatney received a $50,000 donation for a new project designated for building a Dog Park in Breaux Bridge.

After spending 44 years in Nursing Administration, Coatney joined Buck & Johnnyís as managing partner in 2012. Her late husband, Johnny Raymond, was falling ill and unable to maintain his active role in the restaurant. Despite her minimal experience in food service, Coatney relied on her strong business acumen, long hours and a strong team to lead the way in the resurgence of Buck & Johnnyís. Coatney is well known for her interpersonal skills and welcoming attitude, two factors that heavily contributed to the sense of community built at Buck & Johnnyís over the years.

Coatney is passionate about the success of Buck & Johnnyís and can often be found chatting with guests from around the globe, welcoming new local patrons, and reminiscing with regulars. Besides her work with Buck & Johnnyís, Coatney is extremely active in the Breaux Bridge Community through her non-profit affiliations and has been recognized by numerous publications for her dedication to the betterment of Breaux Bridge.

Through the restaurant,  Coatney and her team serve Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 800 meals to those in need. Coatney said this accomplished every holiday through the tremendous number of volunteers from the community who give their time on Thanksgiving morning. Buck & Johnny's is a proud of nonprofit and community organizations.

Coatney is graduate from USL with a degree in nursing and a masters degree in Healthcare administration from College of St. Francis. She started her career with the building of Gary Memorial Hospital in Breaux Bridge and culminated with the construction and moving of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in 2011.

She has three sons Barret Branch and wife Angel, Byron Branch and wife Rhonda and Beau Branch; grandchildren Barry, Sydney, Deuce and Juliann; great grandchildren Rhede & Brees.

Her hobbies are gardening, golf, grandchildren and dogs.

The late Mr. Alfred Sol Lippman (1938-2016) and Mrs. Gail Poche Lippman are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy award for their leadership, devotion and commitment to St. Mary Parish and the neighboring parishes.

First and foremost, Al and Gail shared a deep love for all things family. This includes instilling the importance of philanthropy, to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many of their proudest moments came from watching their legacy of giving back continue and thrive in later generations.

Al, the valedictorian of the 1956 graduating class of St. Stanislaus remained a life-long supporter and advocate of the school.

In 2006, Al and Gail commissioned an artist in Italy to make the 6 foot tall bronze statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The statue will be enduring for generations to enjoy.

Alís oratory abilities were known far and wide, and he was called upon to use these skills in all areas o his personal, professional and philanthropic endeavors. He served as Master of Ceremonies for numerous organizations and generously give of his time.

He served as Master of Ceremonies for the American Heart Association (St. Mary chapter), Louisiana State Quarter Lunch (where he also served as chair), Louisiana Trustees of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Ducks Unlimited, the Coast Guard Contingency (which he was honored for 35 years of service) and the Inauguration of Governor Mike Foster.

Al served his time as chairman on numerous boards such as the St.Mary Parish Port and Harbor District, The University of Louisiana System (which consist of eight Louisiana Universities) on the Board of Supervisors, Speakers Circle with President George W. Bush, Board of Directors of Whitney National Bank as well as Hancock Holding. He and Gail were founding Patriots Circle members for the National WWI Museum. Al was founder and director of the St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, and proudly served as CFAís chairman from 2015 Ė 2016.

Al was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum Hall of Fame receiving the William Foster Memorial award. He was also the recipient of an award by the American Inns of Court for his 50 plus years of law practice.

Al and Gailís shared love of history is reflected in their many and diverse charitable affiliations. Alís avid and passionate collecting of his historical documents, coins, stamps and antique post cards has allowed many organizations to have been beneficiaries of significant historical items. Such entities include the Acadian Museum, the Young-Sanders Center Foundation, the Old State Capitol, the Louisiana Research Collection and Cole porterís jewel encrusted cigarette box to Tulane University. In fact, Al will be honored posthumously by Tulane Athletics at a home game this football season for being on of the longest supporters of the program.

He was honored by the St. Mary Parish Council with a Resolution of Respect in honor of his service to the council which will be placed in the permanent records of the parish of St. Mary.

Gail Poche Lippman served on the St. Mary Parish Arts and Humanities Council. Al and Gail also supported the Artists Guild. Gail also served as co-chair and on the executive board of the Everett Berry Lighthouse Parks and Museum.

Al graduated with honors from Tulane Law School and practiced law for over 50 years. He was the senior partner of Lippman and Mahfouz.

Al and Gail were married 60 years. They have three children (Beth and Bill Busbice) David and Angie Lippman, Karen Lippman Schneider. They have nine grandchildren and seven beautiful great grandchildren.

2017 Corporate Award Small Business

(L-R): Dan Alexander, Chief Financial Officer; Randy Berard, Chief Executive Officer; Robin Berard, Corporate Secretary; Brett Berard, Vice-President of Operations

Berard Transportationís dedication to the community has always been an important aspect of the company values.  Berard recognized the importance of providing leadership skills to students beginning in elementary education, becoming the first business in Iberia Parish to fund the Leader in Me Project.   

Berard has donated to, participated, and volunteered in many cultural community organizations including Iberia Performing Arts League, Shadows on the Teche, The Bayou Teche Museum, the Gumbo Cook-Off, Symphony in the Park, the Dave Robicheaux Festival, and the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association through Stars of Style.  

In addition, health and medicinal contributions are made to the Foundation of Iberia Medical Center, American Heart Association, and Acadianaís Hope for a Cure. Berard also takes a great interest in the wellbeing and education of our youth and community and therefore contributes to the Iberia 4-H Foundation, Iberia Project Graduation, Cecil Hymel Foundation, Iberia Humane Society, Lafayette Education Foundation, and numerous local churches, schools, and athletic programs.  

Berard Transportation grew from humble beginnings in 1945.  In that year, Roy Berard, Sr., a sugarcane farmer began by helping a neighbor in need.  The neighbor needed to move a building, and offered $50 for Berardís help.  Not being one to shy away from a challenge, Berard tried and successfully moved the building for his neighbor.  He soon left sugarcane farming and began moving houses and buildings full time.  

In 1966, Roy Berard & Sons, Inc. was founded, and in 1993, the name of the business was officially changed to Berard Transportation, Inc.   Today, Berard Transportation employs 70 people in three states, working from 4 gulf coast facilities.  The houses and buildings that Roy Berard once moved have been replaced by heavy industrial machinery and equipment. Clients include the oil, petrochemical, marine, civil, and power industries.  Investment in state of the art equipment and employee training and safety has helped to make the company a leader in the specialized heavy hauling industry.  

2017 Corporate Award Large Business

Corporate Award 
(L-R): Jerry Vascocu, President of Acadiana Region; Beth Ardoin, Senior Executive Vice-President; Daryl G. Byrd, President & Chief Executive Officer



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