St. Mary Parish Foundation

2018 St. Mary Parish Awards Gala 
St. Mary Parish Parish Foundation (SMPF) will honor and recognizes the 2018 St. Mary Parish Role Models who donate their time and resources to nonprofit organizations, churches and schools throughout St. Mary Parish during a special awards gala on Friday, May 18 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City located at 500 Roderick Street in Morgan City. 

The Gala will feature our 2018 Leaders in Philanthropy honoree for St. Mary Parish, Alice and William Pecoraro.

2018 SMPF Role Models
Nancy Boudreaux, Roye Pontiff, Lauren Hebert, Mark Chauvin, Danika Foley, Jonathan Scully and Mason Carbonell. 

Click here to reserve a seat for the St. Mary Parish Role Models Awards Gala. 



2018 St. Mary Parish Leaders in Philanthropy and Role Models


Alice and Bill Pecoraro

2018 Leaders in Philanthropy Honorees

Alice and Bill Pecoraro have been active community members since establishing their home in the Tri-City area over 50 years ago. They have been committed to their church, schools, both private and public, universities, and local charities. The St. Mary Community Foundation held its inaugural event at their home nearly 10 years ago. They participated in the initial fund-raising to establish the affiliate and have attended every sponsored event since its inception.

Bill was active in the early years in the Knights of Columbus and in later years in the Boy Scouts and the Morgan City Port Commission and Wharf Committee. Alice served for many years on the board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Keep Morgan City Beautiful, and Keep St. Mary Beautiful. Earlier, she was a member of the Historic Commission and the Image Commission of Morgan City. She served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, and the St. Mary Community Foundation. They feel humbled and honored to join the past distinguished philanthropists of St. Mary, all of whom they know and admire.



Nancy Boudreaux

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Nancy Boudreaux is a former local business owner for more than 20 years. Boudreaux created a Teen Board, anorganization who helped focused on improving the self-esteem and health of teenaged girls. Annually, Boudreaux hosted a fashion to benefit the Girl Scouts of America, Special Education and many more organizations. Every Thanksgiving holiday, the Teen Board would sponsor "Fill the Truck” food drive to benefit St. Mary Outreach. She served on the Holy Cross School board for one year. Also, she was instrumental in starting the "Good Deeds Club" at Holy Cross Elementary. Members of the club would visit nursing home and hospital patients. For the past 27 years, she donated Christmas baskets to the elderly in need. She is most known for creating "Ladies' Night Out", a fund raiser for breast cancer patients in which proceeds are donated to local women to help with expenses associated with breast cancer. This event is held every other year and has been held for more than 20 years. Nancy is a current board for St. Mary Outreach where she has organized the "Motivation for Life” event. Past guest speakers of the event have been Dale Brown and Skip Bertman. The next Motivation for Life event will be held on July 31 with guest speaker Will Wade. Nancy has organized the annual Tour of Homes fund raisers for St. Mary Outreach. She has been married to Peter Boudreaux for 36 years. They have two children, Zach and Ben.



Mark Chauvin

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model


Mark Chauvin is the owner and manager of Bayou Sale Cane Co., Inc., a sugarcane farming operation located in Centerville, Louisiana which he began in 1990. He has been the president of the St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau for 20 years and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Mark is a member of the American Sugarcane League and enjoys participating in the Washington, DC fly-ins to meet and discuss matters with legislators that directly affect the sugarcane industry on a state and national level. He is a member of the Church of the Assumption and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.



Jonathan Scully & Mason Carbonell

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Jonathan Scully and Mason Carbonell opened Pelican Contractors of La, LLC on April 4, 2016. Within a few months of operation, the Baton Rouge area flooded, and Pelican Contractors helped with rescuing efforts, donations, and food for flood victims. Pelican Contractors then participated in the Sheltered Home Program to help demo and rebuild homes in the Baton Rouge area. Pelican Contractors also provided FEMA trained technicians for TPS units used for safety purposes in temporary housing for displaced citizens. Jonathan was then asked and honored to speak before legislature in Washington, DC on the disaster relief and recovery efforts needed within the State of Louisiana after a catastrophic natural disaster. Pelican volunteered with sandbagging in Stephenville, LA and contacted the City of Berwick when flooding was a risk. At the present time Pelican Contractors has FEMA Certified RV inspectors and providing disaster assistant in Virgin Islands. We currently employ approximately 50 people, whom live locally. Pelican Contractors fully supports the Back the Blue initiatives in St. Mary Parish. They are members of numerous organizations such as Duck's Unlimited, St. Mary Parish Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Gold Club of BHS and Rebuild SOS. Scully is member of Adonis, Hephaestus, Dionysus and Bridge St. Mary. Carbonell is member of Hephaestus.



Danika Foley

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model 

Danika Foley is the news director of KWBJ TV 22 where she hosts "The Voice of the Coast with Danika” which serves nearly 45,000 homes and businesses in the Tri-parish area. She is an avid supporter of community based activities, youth mentoring and advocate for the arts. She is also the founder of ibedamned-blog, a women's empowerment blog, where she co-hosts the Facebook Live show, Carpool Conversations. Danika is also a graduate of Leadership St. Mary.


Lauren V. Hebert, CPA/PFS

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Lauren V. Hebert, CPA/PFS, is a Shareholder of Darnall, Sikes & Frederick (A Corporation of Certified Public Accountants) and Financial Advisor with DSF Wealth Management, L.L.C. Currently, she serves as Vice-chairman of the Morgan City Main Street Board, Treasurer of St. Mary One, and a member of the Nicholls State University Accounting Advisory Board. As Chair of the Main Street Board’s Design Committee, she spearheads Block 27 - the Lawrence Park Improvement Project. Within her office, she coordinates personnel as volunteers for the Morgan City Youth Center. She is also active as a member of Pharr Chapel UMC and with St. Mary Excel.


Roye Bell Pontiff

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Roye Bell Pontiff is a teacher and coach at Hanson Memorial High School, her alma mater. She is a long time resident of Franklin and has served as a teacher, coach, catechist, campus minister and director of the Touch service program at Hanson Memorial. Roye has been an integral part of the sports programs at Hanson since 1980, coaching basketball, cross country, softball, track and even a little football. She has spent countless summers as swim instructor and coach for the youth in our area. Roye continues to bring a faith-filled enthusiasm to the youth and adults of our schools and community.

The event will include an awards ceremony, formal dinner and wine. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.CFAcadiana.org/StMary. The deadline to RSVP is on Tuesday, May 15. For more information, call the Community Foundation of Acadiana at 337-789-4844.

St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, recognizes individuals and couples who have made significant contributions of their resources and time to help nonprofit organizations, churches and schools throughout St. Mary Parish.

Community Foundation of Acadiana: 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 Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $227.5 million and has made cumulative grants of more than $110.4 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.




2017 St. Mary Parish Foundation Grants $18,325 to Nonprofits, Churches & Schools


Morgan City, LA - The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), awarded 12 grants to nonprofits, churches and schools throughout St. Mary Parish totaling $18,325.00.  This summer, SMPF opened its grant cycle to schools (public, charter and parochial), 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations and churches domiciled in St. Mary Parish that propose a project that will benefit the citizens of St. Mary. The grants were awarded to the following agencies:

Berwick Elementary received a grant for computer software called "Imagine Learning" to help increase students' academic achievement and social potential. The program will increase student exposure to literature and social skills.

Bridge St. Mary, Inc. 


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Conrad Robert Allain, Bridge St. Mary president; Dawn Kaiser-Melancon, Bridge St. Mary board member; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Bridge St. Mary, Incorporated is a professional membership outreach nonprofit organization working with the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce to help retain and attract professionals to help our businesses grow because a healthy workforce equals a healthy economy.  


Centerville High School 

L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Kristi Estay, Centerville High School principal, Tammilee Kelly, Centerville High School assistant principal; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member


Centerville High School received a grant for its Leader in Me program. Centerville High School is the only preK-12 school in St. Mary Parish, and it's one of the few schools in the parish to implement the Leader in Me.  The program promotes a concept for building leadership skills in students by focusing on a series of eight habits to include be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize, sharpen the saw and find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.


Central Catholic High School 


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Vic Bonnaffee, Central Catholic High School; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Central Catholic High School received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to secure a school digital license of the Catch-Up Math app. The app assists students with improving and maintaining math skills in the  school's one-to-one iPad learning environment.

 

Chez Hope, Inc.


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Cherrise Picard, Chez Hope, Inc. executive director; Tammy Rogers, Chez Hope, Inc. community outreach; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Chez Hope, Inc. received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase wristbands for its Bully Free program and Teen Dating Violence program to be given to students who attend a Chez Hope Children's Educational School program.

City of Morgan City


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Donna McDonald, Morgan City Youth Center; Sandy Nolen, Jevenile Services; Judge Kim Stansbury; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

City of Morgan City/Morgan City Youth Center received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation. The grant will be used to transport children to youth activities such as field trips and community events throughout Morgan City.


Claire House for Women and Children


Claire House for Women and Children received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase and provide children residing at the Claire House with educational supplies and educational activities.

Community of Friends


Community of Friends received a grant the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase supplies to expand the Social Support Group to include more students.

Fit, Fun and Fabulous of Franklin


Fit, Fun and Fabulous of Franklin received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to host an event hosted by numerous agencies to promote a healthy community. 

Muscular Dystrophy Association


Muscular Dystrophy Association received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation for its MDA Summer Camp "Camp Starlite" for children with a neuromuscular disease. 


Patterson Junior High School 


Patterson Junior High School received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation for supplies for the art classroom.


St. Mary Outreach


St. Mary Outreach received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to provide fresh and frozen foods to patrons. St. Mary Outreach serves the growing need for an emergency food bank for the portions of St. Mary Parish. 


Presenting Sponsors 

This event is sponsored by the following individuals and companies. Thank you for your support! 





About the St. Mary Parish Foundation:

In November 2008, the St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, was formally established by an organizing committee which includes Marshall Guidry, Al Lippman, Patrick and Elizabeth Little and Alice Pecoraro.

The purpose of the St. Mary Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact St. Mary Parish and to focus on enhancing the quality of life in St. Mary Parish.

As an affiliate, the Foundation utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of Community Foundation of Acadiana while utilizing its own board of directors to focus attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in St. Mary Parish. 

Please click here to see a full listing of St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2017 Board of Directors.

St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2016 Grant Cycle


Members of the St. Mary Parish Foundation's Board of Directors award grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools from its competitive grant cycle.

The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), awarded a total of $38,348 in grants to 12 local schools and nonprofits through its competitive grant cycle. The grants funded programs in the arts, education and fitness to the following entities:

Berwick Elementary

Centerville High School

Chez Hope, Inc.

City Court of Morgan City

Claire House for Women and Children

West St. Mary High School

Hattie Watts Elementary

Morgan City High School

Patterson Junior High School

SCLTC Young Memorial Campus

St. Mary Community Action Agency

Techeland Arts Council













Philanthropist of the Year and Role Models Honored at Event



The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) and over 100 community members gathered at Shadowlawn on Sunday, April 17 to toast the St. Mary Parish 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy and the 2016 St. Mary Parish Young Role Models

Click here to read the full press release.


St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2015 Grant Cycle



The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), recently awarded $15,700 to schools and nonprofit organizations in St. Mary Parish through a competitive grant cycle.

To read the full press release, click here.

Sylvia and Fulton C. "Butch” Felterman, Jr. Recognized as Leaders In Philanthropy


The St. Mary Parish Foundation board of directors, City of Patterson Mayor Rodney A. Grogan and the past Leaders In Philanthropy Award recipients pose for a picture with St. Mary Parish’s 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Award recipients, Sylvia and Fulton C. "Butch” Felterman, Jr.

SMPF recently recognized Sylvia and Fulton C. "Butch” Felterman, Jr. as St. Mary Parish’s 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Award recipients at a reception at the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum.

To read the full press release, click here.


St. Mary Parish Foundation 2014 Raffle

The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) had another successful raffle this year. SMPF raffled off a week-long trip to Italy. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit schools and organizations in St. Mary Parish. SMPF held a wine and cheese event at the Prevost House, on November 5th, 2014, to announce the winner of the vacation. SMPF Board of Directors would like to thank to the following raffle sponsors:

Fab-Con, Inc.
Franklin Foundation Hospital
Marshall & Susan Guidry
Gregory & Brenda Hamer
Alfred & Gail Lippman
The Prevost House Bed & Breakfast
Teche Federal Bank
Teche Regional Medical Center
Thomson Smith and Leach Insurance Group, Inc.
Dr. Leonard and Charlotte Wise


St. Mary Parish Foundation Gives $5,000 to Fallen Warriors Memorial Project


St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, awards $5,000 to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project.

St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), held a check presentation Wednesday, February 12 at City Hall to donate $5,000 to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project.

The Fallen Warriors Memorial Project is a project of the City of Morgan City in collaboration with the St. Mary Parish Foundation. It will serve as a permanent monument to honor men and women from Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson and the surrounding tri-city area who gave their lives while in service to their country. The cost for the monument is nearly $150,000 and will be funded with private, tax-deductible contributions from the community. Each gift will directly benefit the Memorial as Fab-Con, Inc is graciously sponsoring the project and covering the administrative costs.

Please click here to read the press release.

Please click here to learn more about the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project, to purchase a brick for a veteran or to make a donation.

Pictured Above:

Front Row (pictured from left to right): Rob Radtke, project website developer; Shannon Hamer, project designer; Alice Pecoraro, SMPF board member; Dr. Donna Tesi, SMPF chair; Kathy Bailey, SMPF board member; Morgan City Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi; Marc Distefano, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman

Back Row (pictured from left to right): Tim Hymel, Mayor Pro-Tem of Morgan City; Greg Hamer, SMPF vice-chair; Larry Callais, SMPF secretary/treasurer; Al Lippman, SMPF board member; Terry Mayon, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman


St. Mary Parish Foundation Awards Nearly $12,000 to 9 Schools to Purchase Novels


St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, awards nearly $12,000 to St. Mary Parish schools to purchase novels for middle school students.

The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), awarded nearly $12,000 to nine schools in St. Mary Parish Wednesday, December 11 to purchase novels for middle school students.


Pictured Above:
Front row, from left: Alice Pecoraro, foundation board member; Donald Aguillard, superintendent; Kim Adams, Hanson Memorial High School; Donna Burke, Holy Cross Elementary School; Lisa Nugent, Central Catholic High School; Marshal Guidry, foundation board member; and Dr. Donna Tesi, foundation board chair.

Back row, same order: Larry Callais, foundation secretary/treasurer; Greg Hamer Sr., foundation vice-chair; and Monica Mancuso, public school system supervisor of middle and high school instruction.

Please click here to view the full press release.


St. Mary Parish Foundation 2013 Gala

The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) had another successful gala this year. The gala’s theme was Jazzin’ on the River and it was held at Nico Bella’s in Morgan City on October 20. SMPF sold 175 tickets and raised enough money to donate $12,000 to the middle schools in St. Mary Parish. The Board members would also like to give a big thanks to their Gold and Silver Sponsors of the event:

Gold:

AnonymousKiwanis Club of East St. Mary
B & G Food Enterprises, LLC DBA Taco Bell/KFCLippman & Mahfouze, LLC
Bayou TestersMr. & Mrs. Al S. Lippman
Brenda & Greg HamerMr. & Mrs. Thomas Mahfouze
Cabot CorporationLouisiana Wetlands, LLC
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas KramerMarshall W. Guidry
Franklin Foundation HospitalMorgan City Rotary Club
Franklin Medical SpecialtiesMr. R.E. "Bob" Miller
G & J Land & Marine Food Distributions, Inc.Sterling Sugars, LLC
Gator Rigging Stiel Insurance Agencies
Halimar Shipyard, LLCTeche Regional Medical Center
Jennifer & Natchez Morice, III, MDThe Provost House Bed & Breakfast
Kenny & Becky Nelkin

Silver:

Cecil & Kim Hernandez Thomson, Smith & Leach Insurance Company
Michael DominoUrgent Care of Morgan City
Mr. Robert Fuhrer



St. Mary Parish Foundation Invites Mayors to Meeting

St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) invited mayors from around St. Mary Parish to their meeting on Thursday, September 12th. In attendance were Mayor Frank "Boo” Grizzaffi of Morgan City, Mayor Louis Ratcliff of Berwick, Mayor Raymond Harris, Jr. of Franklin, and Councilman John Rentrop from Patterson on behalf of Mayor Rodney Grogan. The Foundation invited these mayors to their meeting to discuss the cultural development of the community and how they can be of assistance to these efforts.


Pictured Above Left to Right:

Top Row: Dr. Alice Pecoraro, Mr. Al Lippman, Mrs. Jennifer Morice, Dr. Donna Tesi, Mr. Marshall Guidry, Mr. Larry Callais, Mr. Raymond Hebert

Bottom Row: Councilman John Rentrop of Patterson, Mayor Raymond Harris, Jr. of Franklin, Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi of Morgan City, Mayor Louis Ratcliff of Berwick

Board Members Not Pictured: Mr. Gregory Hamer, Sr., Mrs. Tonya Stiel, Mr. Craig Thomson, Mr. Patrick Little, Mrs. Karen Melancon



The Foundation Awards $10,000 to St. Mary Parish Schools
The Foundation recently held its first, competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $10,000 to five schools in St. Mary Parish for the most innovative projects to promote music and arts culture in schools. The funds for the grant cycle were raised by the St. Mary Parish Foundation's Board of Directors through a Gala at Governor Foster's home in 2011 and a raffle in 2012.
The following schools received an award:
  • Patterson High School, $2,500 to provide sinks and desks to enhance the art classroom's infrastructure
  • St. Mary Parish Schools Talented Arts Program - Berwick Jr. High School, $2,000 to fund performance productions for beginner students
  • Centerville High School Survey of the Arts Program, $1,250 to fund a paper mache mask project
  • Patterson Junior High, $1,250 for art sculptures for the library
  • Morgan City High School Mighty Tiger Band, $3,000 to support the band program
Please click here to read The Daily Review's article regarding these grants.
Please click here to read the Banner-Tribune's article.

The Foundation Awards $8,000 to St. Mary Parish Schools
The Foundation and its Board Members awarded its first grants on November 30, 2010 in the amount of $1,000 each to the eight high schools in St. Mary Parish. The first grants emphasized education and were made to recognize the eight St. Mary Parish high schools for their efforts to promote student achievement. The funds are to be used for products, programs, or services in order for each school to encourage students to excel academically. For more information, click here.
The affiliate seeks to serve as partners in improving the quality of life in St. Mary Parish; therefore, its first grants towards education emphasized this mission, and were an investment in the students of the parish in an effort to make the communities a better place to live.

To make an online contribution to this Fund, click here.


 

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