For Immediate Release:December 16, 2013
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.
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
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
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
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.