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Phil and Reneé Haney to receive philanthropy award - 10/12/2016 -

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2016
Contact: Erin Winder

Phil and Reneé Haney to receive philanthropy award

(Lafayette, La.) Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) will honor Phil and Reneé Haney at its sixth annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Nov. 11 at the Cajundome Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the program is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Haney’s have been selected to receive the 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for their leadership, commitment and dedication to improving Iberia Parish. 

As a kindergarten teacher, Reneé witnessed children of struggling families and wanted to help improve their lives. It was her passion that led Phil to create the Prosecutor's Early Intervention Program (PEIP).  This program’s success has led to recognition and partnership with the McArthur Foundation and the Models for Change initiative and has been a catalyst for change within Louisiana’s juvenile system.

 For the last 15 years, they have been actively involved in the Iberia Boys and Girls Club and are known for their efforts with its annual "Brudley's Wild Game Cook Off”. 

 In 2003, they created the Phil Haney Community Projects nonprofit organization to work within the school system to provide services for at risk children and their families. In 2008, Phil and Reneé partnered with Community Foundation of Acadiana to establish the Phil Haney Community Fund to help with emergency needs and to create scholarships for children in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes.

Phil and Reneé are among 13 individuals who will be recognized for making a positive impact in their communities through philanthropy:

  •    Iberia Parish – Phil & Reneé Haney
  •    Acadia Parish – Peggy & John Daniel Gielen, III
  •    Evangeline Parish – Anita M. Fontenot
  •    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

In addition to the above award recipients, CFA will present corporate awards to Acadian Companies and Chevron – Gulf of Mexico Business Unit for their outstanding philanthropy in Acadiana. Nominations for all awards were submitted by the community and CFA's past board of directors made final selections.

Luncheon seats and tables are open to the public and are now on sale. Seats are $75 each, and tables of eight are $500 each. To register to attend, or for more information on the award recipients, please visit The deadline to purchase seats and tables is Nov. 2. For registration questions, please call 337-769-4849.

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 of $175 million and has made cumulative grants of over $87 million. Learn more at



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