2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Honorees

A lifetime of philanthropy. A native of Iota, LA, Mr. B. I. Moody, III graduated from Rayne High School. He served in the Navy during World War II, then returned home and married his high school sweetheart Thelma "Te” Hebert. He enrolled at SLI, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1949, and then set up his CPA firm of Moody, Broussard, Poche' & Guidry.

Throughout his lengthy business career, Moody has had a tremendous impact on the Acadiana area. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chart House Inc. in Lafayette and Chairman of the Board for First National Bank of Lafayette. His services on boards of directors include Rayne State Bank & Trust Company, First National Bank of Crowley, Acadia Savings and Loan Administration, First Commerce of New Orleans, Coastal Chemical Company of Abbeville, Lastarmco Inc. of Abbeville, Riviana Foods Inc. of Houston, Celeron Oil Company Inc. of Lafayette, and Quantum Restaurants Inc. of New York. He also served as chairman of The Moody Company (a privately held holding company with interests in newspapers, restaurants, real estate, oil and gas, and private equity investments) and of Louisiana State Newspapers, Inc., both located in Lafayette.

During this time Te Moody was raising their nine children and volunteering at many school functions. She was and continues to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the St. Michael Catholic Church Ladies' Altar Society, and a local rosary group.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody have truly been "leaders in philanthropy” for decades, and their children all learned firsthand at an early age the importance of giving. In 1990 the Moodys formed the Moody family charitable giving foundation to organize and support the family's philanthropic work. Their children sit on the foundation board and review requests and over the years have awarded many millions of dollars to numerous worthy causes. A few of these causes include the Miles Perret Center, the Bishop's Charity Ball, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Opera House of the South, PASA, Evangeline Area Boy Scouts, Faith House, Make a Wish Foundation, New Life Center, ASSIST Agency, Bayou Girl Scout Council, Chorale Acadienne, Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Crowley Christian Care Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Junior League of Lafayette, Lafayette Ballet Theatre, Louisiana Council on Child Abuse, National Downs Syndrome Society, Acadiana Baptist Center, Junior Achievement, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lourdes Foundation, Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, and the list goes on and on. In fact, the area schools, churches, organizations, and individuals touched by their generosity are indeed too numerous to count.

In 2003, in recognition of his service to the business industry in Acadiana as well as his community involvement, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette renamed its Business College the B. I. Moody, III School of Business Administration. In a recent ceremony, ULL President Joseph Savoie noted the impact of Moody's contributions to the University, which total over $8.2 million, including a Moody Match program that was implemented in 2006.

Many successful individuals in Acadiana and beyond owe much of their success to Mr. Moody who has always been willing and eager to help others get started in their own businesses. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of Mr. Moody's career is the large number of millionaires that he has helped create during the past seventy years.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody reside in Crowley, LA where they are members of St. Michael Catholic Church. They are the proud parents of nine children, forty-nine grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Rhonda and Frank Butler are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy award for their contribution to the youth of Evangeline Parish. Rhonda and Frank own and operate a popular paintball business that caters to kids, called Gobble Gully in Turkey Creek. They started their journey toward youth activism when they became grandparents and say the need for this type of community space to get kids moving outdoors, familiarize people with gun safety, and encourage family bonding. Rhonda and Frank wanted kids to have a fun place to work off stress and blow off steam. Gobble Gully is a low impact paintball playground that caters to young children and families—everything about the space that them in mind. They invested their time and money into making sure the course helps instill confidence in every child that comes to play and work.

The Butlers participate in Tough Love Program for teens and say the transformation in the children they see come to Gobble Gully is astounding. They learn confidence, work skills and many have gone on to college and the military.

They are also well-known in their community for being involved in other youth activities and parish development. Rhonda serves on the Tourism Board and has helped organize Christmas in the Village, the Christmas Parade, and bring back the T-Cotton Bowl. Frank says that he wants to teach every child that comes through Gobble Gully that through giving they can help others contribute to their families and community. Together they aid in mission work and are involved in several Christian organizations.

They have four children and six grandchildren.

Lisa and Patrick Norris are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy award for Iberia Parish.

Besides support for youth soccer and baseball teams, Lisa and Patrick Norris love spending time with their grandchildren swimming, tubing and fishing.

Patrick and Lisa have been married for 37 years and have three sons, three daughers-in-law and six grandchildren.Patrick and Lisa have the same beliefs when it relates to family, faith and their Community. It all began before they were married and visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital to see Lisa’s cousin. Seeing Colby at this hospital and all of the other children really made an impression on their hearts. Knowing what a family goes through and seeing all of the aid that this hospital gave to a family was amazing and that’s when the little seed was planted in their hearts to help others in need. Sacred Heart of Jesus is their Church Parish and feels like home to them. It was important to support their church and the youth programs of Sacred Heart. 

Lisa became active in Junior Auxiliary of Iberia Parish and their focus was on the Children of Iberia Parish. They support some local elementary schools for educational needs and playground equipment. Project Graduation for the High Schools. Some of the other organizations they support are Miles Perret, Bayou Teche Museum, Paw-T (Angel Paws), 4-H Youth, Bayou Mardi Gras, Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair and Wounded Warriors.

Patrick was born and raised in New Iberia. A 1976 graduate of New Iberia Senior High School. He is a member of the Sacred Heart Men’s Prayer Group, Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce member, Iberia Parish Airport Authority where he serves as Chairman and President of Bayou Mardi Gras Association.

Lisa was born in Arnaudville and moved to New Iberia at a very early age. A 1980 graduate of New Iberia Senior High School. She was a Core Member for Sacred Heart’s Life Teen youth group. She served as President for Junior Auxiliary of Iberia Parish, Member of a local Rosary Group and current board member of the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association.

Patrick and Lisa are the founders of Norris International Services, a local manufacturing and tubular threading company located in New Iberia.

Patrick and Lisa along with their sons co-founded Norris Tubular Systems located in Houston Texas.

They will tell you that God has blessed them so they are able to pay it forward to others.

Michael Hamner and his daughter Emily Hamner are receiving the 2017 Lafayette Parish Leaders in Philanthropy Award for their partnerships and commitment to nonprofit organizations in Acadiana.

Mike and Emily’s philanthropic passion reaches many areas of our community like the arts, culture, education, animal welfare and religious groups. But their biggest focus is human service needs, partnering with organizations like St. Bernadette’s Community Clinic, a clinic serving the medical needs of the poorest in our community, FoodNet Food Bank, which provides emergency food assistance, Catholic Services of Acadiana and the New Life Center, a shelter for homeless women and children. Though helping the under-served in our community is a passion for Mike and Emily they also partner with nonprofits like CYT (Christian Youth Theatre), Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, Animal Aid of Acadiana, SpayNation, "The Horse Farm” and Festival International de Louisiane. The Hamner’s philosophy of giving is to partner with nonprofits to help make their community stronger, healthier and a happier place to live.

Mike is a lifelong resident of Lafayette. He has been involved with many local nonprofit boards such as the United Way of Acadiana, Downtown Development Authority, Realtor Association of Acadiana, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Board having served as chairman of these and other local organizations. He is currently a member of the Lourdes Foundation Board. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and gardening. Mike’s flower garden on University Avenue, near the UL campus, is a delight to all, and is always open to visitors.

Emily is also a lifelong resident of Lafayette and works as the Executive Director for the Pinhook Foundation. Like her father, Emily is a very active volunteer in her community. She serves as President of the Board for FoodNet Food Bank, Secretary of the Big Brother Big Sister of Acadiana Board, an Executive Committee member for Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, an Acadiana Red Cross Board member, a United Way Essentials Council member and she recently joined the Acadiana Animal Aid board.

Emily is also a member of the Junior League of Lafayette and a Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister of Acadiana. In 2016 Emily was recognized as a Women of Excellence by the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women and was a 20 Under 40 Young Leader Award recipient.

In 2016 Emily founded The Pet Food Pantry to help Lafayette residents keep their pets rather than surrendering them to Lafayette Animal Control and she also started My Special Day Project in 2013, which hosts birthday parties for kids in local homeless shelters.

Especially at this time in our community, philanthropy must fill in the gaps that government cannot cover to insure that our community provides the highest possible quality of life for all our neighbors. We can all have a role to play in this important work as a volunteer or a donor.

Pat Mason-Guillory is receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy award for her selfless acts of volunteerism and service to the people of St. Landry Parish. Pat represents the consummate philanthropist committed to leading, inspiring, honoring, and aiding citizens of St. Landry and its surrounding communities. In addition to her full time position at the St. Landry Parish School Board where she bridges communication between schools and parents, Pat has been the mover and shaker behind many significant veteran-related events and projects for the past 32 years. Behind the limelight, Pat Mason-Guillory compassionately cares for all people, regardless of gender, age, social status, or ethnicity. And there’s an ample amount of evidence to prove this.

Armed with a limitless love of country and veterans, deceased and living, of the United States military, Pat devotes extraordinary amounts of time and energy to ensuring that veterans and their families are honored and cared for. As a widower and mother of a veteran, Pat can easily relate to all the complex facets related to the call of duty. So, in 1990, during the Persian Gulf War, or more popularly termed as Operation Desert Storm, Pat organized a support group for mothers who had sons, daughters, and other family members in the war. Led by Pat, MASH (Mothers Against Saddam Hussein) quickly expanded throughout Acadiana, meeting and mobilizing care packages to over five hundred troops on a weekly basis from their MASH Headquarters in Opelousas. In addition to the daily rigors of work and MASH, Pat provided prayers and support to many families: she comforted families at the dawn of day when the 256th Engineer Battalion deployed for training; she availed herself to every mother and family member who called on her just to talk; she organized prayer vigils; she attended military parades; and she visited other support groups state-wide. Since this was a massive undertaking, Pat volunteered her fortunate family and friends as well!

In January 2004, St. Landry Parish lost their first Fallen Hero in the Iraq War. Phone calls from strangers and friends alike flooded Pat’s phone, all with one question: How can the community honor our Fallen Hero? As they say, the rest is history. Pat first comforted the Fallen Hero’s family and discovered that he was the mother’s only son and had served in the U.S. Army for twenty-four years. Although Pat’s own son returned home safely from the Persian Gulf, Pat related to the family she just met and knew from that moment on that something more had to be done. Again, she organized prayer vigils on Opelousas Court House Square where hundreds attended, provided a shoulder for the mother of the Fallen Hero, and escorted her to events honoring her son throughout Acadian, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and New Orleans. Furthermore, Pat petitioned the St. Landry Parish Government Council to establish a memorial on the Courthouse Square in honor of the first Fallen Hero in St. Landry. Surprisingly, the Council asked Pat to create a plan to honor all veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice from St. Landry Parish.

While others may shy from such a tremendous, time-consuming request, Pat plunged into the project, immersing her heart and soul into planning meetings with committee members. To secure financial and community support, Pat relentlessly presented her plans to various organizations, civic groups, churches, retired teachers’ associations and individuals. Though many doors were closed, many opened. Pat persevered and doggedly traveled across Louisiana, talking to high government officials, sponsoring blood drives, holding flag raising ceremonies, selling brick, and other fundraising events. Through highs and lows, Pat heavily relied on faith, hope, and prayers. Prayers for a memorial.

Pat’s prayers were answered in 2010 when an email from the family of Keith Myers landed in Pat’s Inbox. The Myers generously committed funds for a bronze statue, but legal issues rescinded land donated and dedicated for the memorial. In spite of this obstacle, Pat, the memorial committee, and the Myers family continued to meet monthly at various sites throughout Opelousas and raise funds for the memorial, although no one knew where the site would be. Then, on June 11, 2011, Bobby Dupre called Pat and invited her to meet him at 5348 Hwy. 182 South of Opelousas, a beautiful 2.5 acre tract of land. Bobby donated the land to Pat under one condition: to establish a memorial within five years or return the land to him.

On September 10, 2014, two years ahead of Bobby Dupre’s deadline, and ten years in the making, Pat and her committee dedicated the St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial to Fallen Heroes, to those who served, to those serving, and to their families and loved ones. Pat’s dream was realized and continues to thrive. The Veterans Memorial is a living monument that requires Pat’s attention on a daily basis. Since the dedication, Pat and her committee voluntarily work to beautify, enhance, and preserve the Memorial for generations to come. Aside from its aesthetic and symbolic beauty, the Memorial frequently hosts tributes to World War II veterans, family meetings, JROTC field trips, VFW and American Legion events, visitors, and annual celebrations for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Each and every one of these events, big and small, involve Pat and committee members, whether it’s laying bricks, picking up trash, filling the display board (which Pat solicited funds for) with brochures and literature, or coordinating formal Memorial Day events involving schools, civic groups, and other organizations. And when events are not taking place, the Memorial serves as a quiet place unto itself, a place of education, a place of hope, a place of peace, serenity and beauty, a place for us all.

Most would predict that Pat would stop with the establishment of the Memorial and most would be wrong. With Pat being Pat, and with the knowledge of brave men and women who sacrifice daily to defend our freedom, Pat pursued former Senator Elbert Lee Guillory to write a Bill to rename three miles of Highway 182 to St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Highway. The Bill passed and the dedication ceremony took place September 15, 2015.

Pat forged onward with a proposal to establish a permanent Memorial sign on the property, one that displays the names of those primarily responsible for establishing the Memorial and can be visibly seen from the highway. This three-year endeavor became reality on February 2, 2017.

At 65 years of age, Pat is unstoppable. She currently aspires to establish a military museum at the Veterans Memorial to allow veterans and family of veterans to have a safe haven where wartime and peacetime memorabilia are preserved. Perhaps the future museum will free up Pat’s home office, where records dating back to 1990 coexist with letters, cards, and souvenirs sent to her from men and women who served during Operation Desert Storm. And there’s no doubt that St. Landry will have a Veterans Museum in the near future.

Coatney Raymond and the late Johnny Raymond are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for their passion, commitment and generosity for St. Martin Parish.

Coatney participates in and serves on the board of numerous organizations such as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Teche Center for the Arts. She’s past president of Downtown Merchants Association, past board member of Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, board member of St. Martin Keep America Beautiful and St. Bernard - St. Francis Food Pantry Board, and a member of Breaux Bridge Downtown Advisory Committee. She is the founder and president of the Breaux Bridge Garden Club

Coatney has been involved in many events to attract visitors to Breaux Bridge such as Blooming on the Bayou, Boo on the Bayou at Halloween, Beaucoup des Chiens Beaucoup des Vin, Citywide Garage Sale and Papa Noel comes to Breaux Bridge.

In 2007, she was presented the Distinguish Citizen of the Year award by the Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was recognized in the Woman Making a Difference by Acadiana Lifestyles.

Recently, she received a $50,000 donation for a new project designated for building a dog park in Breaux Bridge. In 2017, Ricky Calais, mayor of Breaux Bridge, donated the land to house the dog park which is in development.

After spending 44 years in nursing administration, Coatney joined Buck & Johnny’s Restaurant as a managing partner in 2012. Her late husband, Johnny Raymond, was falling ill and unable to maintain his active role in the restaurant.

Through the restaurant, Coatney, and her business partner, David Buck, serve 800 meals during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Following military retirement, Johnny began a career in health care and later in marketing and public relations. He was president of Raymond Consultants, JBR Consultants, LLC, St. Agnes Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Raymond Management Company, St. Agnes Land Company and is co-owner of Buck & Johnny’s Pizzeria, LLC. He served on the Breaux Bridge City Council as mayor pro tem from 1973-76. He is past president of the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce. He served as a commissioner on the Atchafalaya Levee Board and currently served as the vice-president of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum. He served as one of seven commissioners on the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission. He was on the board of the Ragin Cajun Boxing Club of Lafayette and was a strong supporter of boxing in Acadiana. He served for ten years as a member of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association Board of Governors and was awarded the LNHA Lifetime Achievement award.

Johnny has been inducted into the Breaux Bridge Historical Society Hall of Fame, the Breaux Bridge Area Military Hall of Fame, and has been named as a Distinguished Citizen by the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into Breaux Bridge’s Historical Society Hall of Fame, one of 23 inductees over a period that spans 200 years. He is the only person to have received all three of Breaux Bridge’s most prestigious awards. He was the recipient of the LSU Louisiana Rural Tourism Success Story award in 2002.

Johnny passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014. His legacy lives on through Coatney and their three sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gail Poche Lippman and the late Alfred S. Lippman are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for their leadership, devotion and commitment to St. Mary Parish and its neighboring parishes.

Gail and Al shared a deep love for all things family. This includes instilling the importance of philanthropy, to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many of their proudest moments came from watching their legacy of giving back continue and thrive in later generations.

In 2006, Gail and Al commissioned an artist in Italy to make the six-foot-tall bronze statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The statue will be enduring for generations to enjoy.

Gail and Al’s shared love of history is reflected in their many and diverse charitable affiliations. Al’s avid and passionate collecting of his historical documents, coins, stamps and antique post cards has allowed many organizations to have been beneficiaries of significant historical items. Such entities include the Acadian Museum, the Young-Sanders Center Foundation, the Old State Capitol, the Louisiana Research Collection and Cole Porter’s jewel encrusted cigarette box to Tulane University. In fact, Al was honored posthumously by Tulane Athletics this football season for being one of the longest supporters of the program.

Al’s oratory abilities were known far and wide, and he was called upon to use these skills in all areas o his personal, professional and philanthropic endeavors. He served as master of ceremonies for numerous organizations and generously give of his time to organizations such as the St. Mary Chapter of the American Heart Association, Louisiana State Quarter Lunch, Louisiana Trustees of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Ducks Unlimited, the Coast Guard Contingency where he served for 35 years, and the Inauguration of Louisiana Governor Mike Foster.

Al served his time as chairman on numerous boards such as the St. Mary Parish Port and Harbor District, The University of Louisiana System on the Board of Supervisors, Speakers Circle with President George W. Bush, board of directors of Whitney National Bank, as well as Hancock Holding. He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum Hall of Fame receiving the William Foster Memorial award. He was also the recipient of an award by the American Inns of Court for his 50 plus years of law practice. Al was honored by the St. Mary Parish Council with a Resolution of Respect in honor of his service to the council which will be placed in the permanent records of the parish of St. Mary.

Gail and Al were founding Patriots Circle members for the National WWI Museum. Al was founder and director of the St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, and proudly served as CFA’s chairman from 2015 – 2016.

Gail served on the St. Mary Parish Arts and Humanities Council. Gail also served as co-chair and on the executive board of the Everett Berry Lighthouse Parks and Museum.

Al graduated with honors from Tulane Law School and practiced law for over 50 years. He was the senior partner of Lippman and Mahfouz.

Gail and Al were married 60 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren and seven beautiful great-grandchildren.

Drs. Padmini "Pat” and Jagdish "Jack” Gupta are receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for sharing their time and treasure with the people of their adopted city and parish of Vermilion Parish. They are being sponsored by their friends at Abbeville General, Eagle Pest Control, Vermilion Bank and Trust, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillion and Dr. Prashant Gupta.

Pat and Jack are natives of India. They arrived in Vermilion Parish in 1981 when the hospital and two physicians were in need a pediatrician in Kaplan. Pat accepted the job and eventually began her own pediatric practice, the Children and Adolescent Clinic. Pat soon became known as "Mother Theresa” of the children of Vermilion Parish.

She has spent many hours counseling parents on how to develop better relationships with their children. She would volunteer her time and visit Kaplan Elementary School to teach school officials and parents the best coping skills to use when working with children suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other behavioral issues. She treated the children of Vermilion Parish for more than three decades prior to her retirement in 2017.

Jack founded Eagles Pest Control and Chemicals and is the current CEO and president. He is also the manager of the Family Real Estate Holding and Investment Portfolio. It is through their success and support of their adopted community, they are able to open their hearts to help everyone in need.

Jack is a member of the Kaplan Rotary Club and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award for his contributions and service. In cooperation with the Rotary Club, Jack gave a contribution to the Hollins Meaux Center to set up computers for African American children to create a thriving homework environment.

Jack supports the fund to purchase food for the annual fundraiser for the Belgian Jumelage Committee. This committee is responsible for continuing the association of the twinning of Kaplan and Hainut, Belgium, when the Belgians travel to Kaplan and vice versa.

Jack and Pat host several families when it is Kaplan's turn to be the host city.

For the annual Cajun Day that is held in Kaplan, Jack has been responsible for paying for the expenses of the dinners for that day. Through is business, he donated free termite inspection for the Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum.

They are members of the Kaplan Arts Council which they have funded several scholarships. They are major contributors to the arts council annual Zydeco Brunch fundraising event. Both are patrons of the Kaplan Museum and support numerous ongoing projects of this organization. Pat and Jack also support the Kaplan Food Bank to ensure those in need can provide meals for their families.

Often times, Pat and Jack would help the citizens of Vermilion Parish who weren’t affiliated with a nonprofit organization, school or church. As good Samaritans, they offer financial assistance to residents in distress who experience hardships. Jack’s helped families with medical expenses, the elderly with utility bills, and families suffering a job loss.

Pat and Jack have huge hearts and are extremely compassionate for those who are the less fortunate. The residents in the City of Kaplan will say they are extremely blessed to have them as citizens of their community.

2017 Corporate Award Small Business

(L-R): Dan Alexander, Chief Financial Officer; Randy Berard, Chief Executive Officer; Robin Berard, Corporate Secretary; Brett Berard, Vice-President of Operations

Berard Transportation is receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Corporate Award for the dedication and generosity to Iberia Parish.

Berard Transportation’s dedication to the community has always been an important aspect of the company values.  Berard recognized the importance of providing leadership skills to students beginning in elementary education, becoming the first business in Iberia Parish to fund the Leader in Me Project.   

Berard has donated to, participated, and volunteered in many cultural community organizations including Iberia Performing Arts League, Shadows on the Teche, The Bayou Teche Museum, the Gumbo Cook-Off, Symphony in the Park, the Dave Robicheaux Festival, and the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association through Stars of Style.  

In addition, health and medicinal contributions are made to the Foundation of Iberia Medical Center, American Heart Association, and Acadiana’s Hope for a Cure. Berard also takes a great interest in the wellbeing and education of our youth and community and therefore contributes to the Iberia 4-H Foundation, Iberia Project Graduation, Cecil Hymel Foundation, Iberia Humane Society, Lafayette Education Foundation, and numerous local churches, schools, and athletic programs.  

Berard Transportation grew from humble beginnings in 1945.  In that year, Roy Berard, Sr., a sugarcane farmer began by helping a neighbor in need.  The neighbor needed to move a building, and offered $50 for Berard’s help.  Not being one to shy away from a challenge, Berard tried and successfully moved the building for his neighbor.  He soon left sugarcane farming and began moving houses and buildings full time.  

In 1966, Roy Berard & Sons, Inc. was founded, and in 1993, the name of the business was officially changed to Berard Transportation, Inc.   Today, Berard Transportation employs 70 people in three states, working from 4 gulf coast facilities.  The houses and buildings that Roy Berard once moved have been replaced by heavy industrial machinery and equipment. Clients include the oil, petrochemical, marine, civil, and power industries.  Investment in state of the art equipment and employee training and safety has helped to make the company a leader in the specialized heavy hauling industry.  

2017 Corporate Award Large Business

Corporate Award 
(L-R): Jerry Vascocu, President of Acadiana Region; Beth Ardoin, Senior Executive Vice-President; Daryl G. Byrd, President & Chief Executive Officer

IBERIABANK is receiving the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Corporate Award for their extensive involvement in community outreach projects throughout Acadiana.

IBERIABANK is the 130-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation and is the largest financial holding company headquartered in Louisiana. The Company, which started in New Iberia in 1887, has focused on delivering high-quality, competitive banking services to its clients since inception. Through strategic acquisitions and organic client growth, the Company has grown to now serve 12 states across the southeastern United States. The Company, proudly headquartered in Downtown Lafayette, now employs over 3,500 talented associates, has 319 combined offices, including 216 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, 24 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 68 locations in nine states.  

A core part of the Company’s mission statement is to be a good steward of the community. The Company’s footprint across Acadiana serves clients and communities in Lafayette, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Landry, St. Martin, Acadia, and Vermilion Parishes. IBERIABANK supports the community in education, the arts, cultural endeavors, healthcare, and economic development through volunteerism, financial donations, and other charitable actions. The Acadiana team alone averages over 1,000 hours each year teaching financial literacy and serving on area non-profit boards and committees.

Company-wide, IBERIABANK supports thousands of worthy organizations and programs, many of which are located throughout Acadiana. Several of the Company’s community partners include the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and its DoReME program at Truman Early Childhood Education Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Junior Achievement of Acadiana, Southern Mutual Help, Southern Mutual Financial, The Family Tree, Arts +Business + Culture Fund (ABC Fund), Festival International de Louisiane, Iberia Cultural Resources, Iberia Performing Arts League, New Iberia Museum Foundation, One Acadiana, South Louisiana Community College, Upper Lafayette Economic Development, 232-HELP, Catholic Services of Acadiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, The Horse Farm at Moncus Park, Acadiana Outreach, Habitat for Humanity and Women Build, the United Way of Acadiana and Iberia, Project Front Yard, Junior League of Lafayette, and the Civic Cup.

Investing time and resources into the communities it serves, is a responsibility that IBERIABANK defines as paramount. It is what makes the Acadiana region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Contributing writer: Kenneth Stickney, The Advertiser 

A special tribute featuring the Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic will be presented during the 2017 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 16th sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. In 1991, Dr. Cromwell opened the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic which provided medical care for the working poor who had no insurance coverage and for those working uninsured who could not afford insurance or were not covered by their employers.The clinic was the brainchild of Dr. Cromwell, a local plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who had identified a substantial number of employed persons with no insurance. Thousands of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental technicians and other volunteers logged more than a million hours of service. In addition to clinic services, whenever a patient required a chest x-ray or lab services, Lafayette’s hospital and physician community stepped up too, providing millions of dollars in services to Clinic patients at no charge. The clinic closed in September of 2016 after the expansion of Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rendered the Clinic unnecessary forcing it to close its doors.  The clinic's closure marks the end of more than two decades of health care for employed residents of Lafayette Parish who could not afford insurance or were not covered by their employers.Local philanthropists Bo and Jerry Ramsay, former Leader in Philanthropy Award recipients, were significant donors to the clinic.In 1973, Dr. Cromwell began practicing medicine in Lafayette. During his career, he has been instrumental in many efforts to provide health care to those unable to afford it. In 1973, he established the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic in Lake Charles, Louisiana through the Special Children's Health Services Program funded by the state of Louisiana. In 1997, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Louisiana Medical Society. In 1999, he received the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Lafayette Region. 



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