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St. Mary Parish Foundation Awards Nearly $12,000 to Local Schools - 2/26/2014 -


For Immediate Release:December 16, 2013

Contact:Erin Winder

ewinder@cfacadiana.org

337.769.4842

St. Mary Parish Foundation Awards Nearly $12,000 to Local Schools

(St. Mary Parish)—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 11th to purchase novels for middle school students.

The following schools received an award: B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School, Berwick Junior High School, Centerville High School, Franklin Junior High School, Morgan City Junior High School, Patterson Junior High, Hanson Memorial High School, Central Catholic High School and Holy Cross Elementary School.

With a greater emphasis on reading in schools, the school system notified the Foundation of a need for additional novels for reading classes in middle schools. The purpose of St. Mary Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact St. Mary Parish and enhance the quality of life in the parish.St. Mary Parish Foundation Board Chair Dr. Donna Tesi said, "These awards align with our mission to help enhance the quality of life in St. Mary Parish. They will help us to improve our schools, our children and ultimately, our community. We are honored to have the community’s support through annual fundraisers to be able to offer these awards.”

The funds for the awards were raised by St. Mary Parish Foundation’s board of directors through galas held in 2011 and 2013 and through a raffle in 2012. The foundation also awarded a total of $10,000 to five schools in St. Mary Parish through a competitive grant process in March for innovative projects to promote music and arts culture in schools. St. Mary Parish Foundation’s first grants in 2010 benefitted eight high schools and totaled $8,000.

St. Mary Parish Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana and was established in November 2008. It has its own board of directors, specifically for the benefit of St. Mary Parish. The St. Mary Parish board members are Donna Tesi, MD (chair), Gregory J. Hamer, Sr. (vice-chair), Larry Callais (secretary/treasurer), Marshall Guidry, Alfred S. Lippman (ex-officio), Patrick Little, Karen Melancon, Alice G. Pecoraro, PhD (ex-officio), Tonya M. Stiel and Craig Thomson. Please visit www.cfacadiana.org/StMary for more information.


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.

Front Row (pictured from left to right): Alice Pecoraro, SMPF Board Member; Dr. Donald Aguillard, Superintendent, St. Mary Parish Schools; Kim Adams, Hanson Memorial High School; Donna Burke, Holy Cross Elementary School; Lisa Nugent, Central Catholic High School; Marshal Guidry, SMPF Board Member; Dr. Donna Tesi, SMPF Board Chair

Back Row (pictured from left to right): Larry Callais, SMPF Secretary/Treasurer; Greg Hamer, Sr., SMPF Vice-Chair; Dr. Monica Mancuso, Supervisor of Middle and High School Instruction, St. Mary Parish Schools


Community Foundation of Acadiana 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’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized for the second year among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $115 million in cumulative gifts and over $66 million in cumulative grants. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.

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