2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Honorees

Lee & Patty Lawrence are the recipients of the 2023 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for Acadia Parish.

Martha Brown is the recipient of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Iberia Parish.

Bob & Sandy Giles are the recipients of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Lafayette Parish.

Gary & Dr. Marelle Yongue Schoelerman are the recipients of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for St. Martin Parish.

Phyllis Taylor is the recipient of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Vermilion Parish.

Tony Robichaux † is the recipient of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Community Impact Award.

Stuller, Inc. is the recipient of the 2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Corporate Award.

Nominate a Leader In Philanthropy!

Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is grateful to the past honorees and supporters of the Leaders in Philanthropy (LIP) Awards.

Nominations are accepted year round. The general public can nominate an outstanding individual, couple, and/or business or corporation that has made a philanthropic impact throughout Acadiana and beyond to support nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, or community initiatives.

Leaders in Philanthropy Award recipients are chosen from each of CFA's primary service areas of Acadia Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Lafayette Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Mary Parish, and Vermilion Parish. An optional Corporate Award and Community Impact Award may be presented annually. The Corporate Award winner(s) need not be headquartered in Acadiana.

Nominations should be completed online.

Nominees do not need to be fund owners at CFA nor contributors to the Foundation to be selected for an award. Parishes with affiliate foundations review and choose their honorees. CFA’s past board of directors review and choose the honorees for all parishes without a CFA parish affiliate as well as the Corporate Award and the Community Impact Award. Once selections are made, a final list is submitted to CFA’s board of directors for final approval.

Honorees are typically selected in April. This year's recipients will be honored with individual receptions in each of their respective parishes in the fall.

Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Nomination Form

2023 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Sponsors

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Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Past Honorees

2022 Honorees keyboard_arrow_down

Sandy & Wayne Melancon, Acadia Parish
Linda † & Charles Buller, Evangeline Parish
Lillian & Ernest Breaux Jr., Iberia Parish
Elaine & Richard Zuschlag, Lafayette Parish
Peggy & Dr. Albert † Huguet, St. Landry Parish
Jennifer & Glenn Angelle, St. Martin Parish
Jodi & Burt Adams, St. Mary Parish
Karen & Fred Hoyt, Vermilion Parish
Anna Olivier, Corporate Award
Kimberly Boudreaux, Community Impact Award


2021 Honorees keyboard_arrow_down

Dr. Cason & Mrs. Isabella L. de la Houssaye Jr., Acadia Parish
Connie Acosta Lamke, Evangeline Parish
Denise and Larry Miller, Iberia Parish
Doug and Claire Ashy Sr., Lafayette Parish
Harold and Ammy Taylor, St. Landry Parish
Bruce and Stacy Montesano, St. Martin Parish
Joe and Gina Sanford, St. Mary Parish
John T. and Sandra B. Landry, Vermilion Parish
Nelson and Jan Warner, Community Impact Award


2019 Honorees keyboard_arrow_down

Nancy Broadhurst, Acadia Pariah
Joan and Eugene Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
Becky Gerami and Edward Stewart Shea III, Iberia Parish
Carolyn Doerle and Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher, Lafayette Parish
The Walking Ladies of Opelousas (Alice Morrow, Cathy Hebert, Cynthia Lormand, and Susie Glowacki), St. Landry Parish
Cheryl and Michael Robicheaux, St. Martin Parish
Joy and Frank Guarisco, St. Mary Parish
Cleco, Corporate Award
Margaret H. Trahan, Community Impact Award


2018 Honorees keyboard_arrow_down

Donna Shetler Corley, Acadia Pariah
Leonard & Mary Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
Mary Carol & Thomas R. LeBlanc Sr., Iberia Parish
Nick & Joann Pugh, Lafayette Parish
Bruce Gaudin, St. Landry Parish
Alice & William Pecoraro, St. Mary Parish
Charles R. "Charlie" Sonnier, Vermilion Parish
Kermit Duhon & Maegan Sonnier of Travel Machine, Business/Corporate Award