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Community Foundation of Acadiana Celebrates Local Philanthropists at Luncheon - 11/14/2016 -

For Immediate Release: November 14, 2016 
  Contact: Erin Winder 

Community Foundation of Acadiana Celebrates Local Philanthropists at Luncheon

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards recipients pose for a photo with their awards at the annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

(Lafayette, La.)Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) sixth annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon was held on Nov. 11, 2016 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 – Peggy & John Daniel Gielen, III 

· Evangeline Parish – Anita M. Fontenot

· Iberia Parish – Phil & Reneé Haney

· Lafayette Parish – James Devin & Ruth Moncus

· St. Landry Parish – Sue Soileau Brignac

· St. Martin Parish – Roy & Catherine Poché

· St. Mary Parish – Dr. Alan M. Hoberman & Dr. Mildred S. Christian (1942-2009)

· Vermilion Parish – N. R. Broussard

CFA presented corporate awards to Acadian Companies and Chevron – Gulf of Mexico Business Unit for their outstanding philanthropy in Acadiana. 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.

Nominations for all awards were submitted by the community and CFA's past board of directors made final selections.

"These philanthropists and philanthropic corporations are not seeking this recognition, and we sincerely thank them for allowing us to honor them,” said Raymond J. Hébert, president and CEO of CFA. "Their stories and the examples of their generosity are inspiring and serve as a reminder of the difference we can all make in our communities.”

The event featured Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions and International, as the keynote speaker. De la Vega, who is also a motivational speaker, philanthropist and author, shared his thoughts on leadership and community involvement. He left the audience with this positive message, "Do not let anyone talk you out of your dreams, and don’t let anyone talk your children out of their dreams.”

He is the author of the best-selling book "Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life”, in which he shares his leadership style and the personal experiences that helped him forge it.

CFA is now accepting nominations from the community for the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards. Please visit to submit a nomination for your parish. Contact Erin Winder, communications and development director with questions at 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 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 $176 million and has made cumulative grants of $89 million. Learn more at



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