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St. Mary Parish Foundation Accepting Grant Applications
The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), is accepting applications for its competitive grant cycle. The cycle is open to schools (public, charter and parochial), 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations and churches domiciled in St. Mary Parish that propose a project that will benefit the citizens of St. Mary Parish.
Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017.
Join us April 29th to honor the 2017 Young Role Models of St. Mary Parish!
This event is sponsored by the following individuals and companies. Thank you for your support!
About the St. Mary Parish Foundation:
In November 2008, the St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, was formally established by an organizing committee which includes Marshall Guidry, Al Lippman, Patrick and Elizabeth Little and Alice Pecoraro.
The purpose of the St. Mary Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact St. Mary Parish and to focus on enhancing the quality of life in St. Mary Parish.
As an affiliate, the Foundation utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of Community Foundation of Acadiana while utilizing its own board of directors to focus attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in St. Mary Parish.
Please click here
to see a full listing of St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2017 Board of Directors.
St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2016 Grant Cycle
Members of the St. Mary Parish Foundation's Board of Directors award grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools from its competitive grant cycle.
The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of
Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), awarded a total of $38,348 in grants to
12 local schools and nonprofits through its competitive grant cycle. The grants
funded programs in the arts, education and fitness to the following entities:
Centerville High School
Chez Hope, Inc.
City Court of Morgan City
Claire House for Women and Children
West St. Mary High School
Hattie Watts Elementary
Morgan City High School
Patterson Junior High School
SCLTC Young Memorial Campus
St. Mary Community Action Agency
Techeland Arts Council
Philanthropist of the Year and Role Models Honored at Event
The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) and over 100 community members
gathered at Shadowlawn on Sunday, April 17 to toast the St. Mary Parish 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy and the 2016 St. Mary Parish Young Role Models.
St. Mary Parish Foundation's 2015 Grant Cycle
The St. Mary Parish
Foundation (SMPF), recently awarded
$15,700 to schools and nonprofit organizations in St. Mary Parish through a
competitive grant cycle.
To read the full press release, click here
Sylvia and Fulton C. "Butch” Felterman, Jr. Recognized as
Leaders In Philanthropy
The St. Mary Parish Foundation
board of directors, City of Patterson Mayor Rodney A. Grogan and the past
Leaders In Philanthropy Award recipients pose for a picture with St. Mary
Parish’s 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Award recipients, Sylvia and Fulton C.
"Butch” Felterman, Jr.
recognized Sylvia and Fulton C. "Butch” Felterman, Jr. as St. Mary Parish’s 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Award
recipients at a reception at the
Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum.
To read the full press release, click here
St. Mary Parish Foundation 2014 Raffle
The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) had another successful raffle this year. SMPF raffled off a week-long trip to Italy. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit schools and organizations in St. Mary Parish. SMPF held a wine and cheese event at the Prevost House, on November 5th, 2014, to announce the winner of the vacation. SMPF Board of Directors would like to thank to the following raffle sponsors:
|Fab-Con, Inc.||Franklin Foundation Hospital|
|Marshall & Susan Guidry||Gregory & Brenda Hamer|
|Alfred & Gail Lippman||The Prevost House Bed & Breakfast|
|Teche Federal Bank||Teche Regional Medical Center|
|Thomson Smith and Leach Insurance Group, Inc.||Dr. Leonard and Charlotte Wise|St. Mary Parish Foundation Gives $5,000 to Fallen Warriors Memorial Project
St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, awards $5,000 to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project.
St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), held a check presentation Wednesday, February 12 at City Hall to donate $5,000 to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project.
The Fallen Warriors Memorial Project is a project of the City of Morgan City in collaboration with the St. Mary Parish Foundation. It will serve as a permanent monument to honor men and women from Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson and the surrounding tri-city area who gave their lives while in service to their country. The cost for the monument is nearly $150,000 and will be funded with private, tax-deductible contributions from the community. Each gift will directly benefit the Memorial as Fab-Con, Inc is graciously sponsoring the project and covering the administrative costs.
Please click here to read the press release.
Please click here to learn more about the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project, to purchase a brick for a veteran or to make a donation.
Front Row (pictured from left to right): Rob Radtke, project website developer; Shannon Hamer, project designer; Alice Pecoraro, SMPF board member; Dr. Donna Tesi, SMPF chair; Kathy Bailey, SMPF board member; Morgan City Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi; Marc Distefano, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman
Back Row (pictured from left to right): Tim Hymel, Mayor Pro-Tem of Morgan City; Greg Hamer, SMPF vice-chair; Larry Callais, SMPF secretary/treasurer; Al Lippman, SMPF board member; Terry Mayon, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman
St. Mary Parish Foundation Awards Nearly $12,000 to 9 Schools to Purchase Novels
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.
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 11 to purchase novels for middle school students.
Front row, from left: Alice Pecoraro, foundation board member; Donald Aguillard, superintendent; Kim Adams, Hanson Memorial High School; Donna Burke, Holy Cross Elementary School; Lisa Nugent, Central Catholic High School; Marshal Guidry, foundation board member; and Dr. Donna Tesi, foundation board chair.
Back row, same order: Larry Callais, foundation secretary/treasurer; Greg Hamer Sr., foundation vice-chair; and Monica Mancuso, public school system supervisor of middle and high school instruction.
St. Mary Parish Foundation 2013 Gala
The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) had another successful gala this year. The gala’s theme was Jazzin’ on the River and it was held at Nico Bella’s in Morgan City on October 20. SMPF sold 175 tickets and raised enough money to donate $12,000 to the middle schools in St. Mary Parish. The Board members would also like to give a big thanks to their Gold and Silver Sponsors of the event:
|Anonymous||Kiwanis Club of East St. Mary|
|B & G Food Enterprises, LLC DBA Taco Bell/KFC||Lippman & Mahfouze, LLC|
|Bayou Testers||Mr. & Mrs. Al S. Lippman|
|Brenda & Greg Hamer||Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mahfouze|
|Cabot Corporation||Louisiana Wetlands, LLC |
|Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Kramer||Marshall W. Guidry|
|Franklin Foundation Hospital||Morgan City Rotary Club|
|Franklin Medical Specialties||Mr. R.E. "Bob" Miller|
|G & J Land & Marine Food Distributions, Inc.||Sterling Sugars, LLC|
|Gator Rigging ||Stiel Insurance Agencies|
|Halimar Shipyard, LLC||Teche Regional Medical Center|
|Jennifer & Natchez Morice, III, MD||The Provost House Bed & Breakfast|
|Kenny & Becky Nelkin|
|Cecil & Kim Hernandez ||Thomson, Smith & Leach Insurance Company|
|Michael Domino||Urgent Care of Morgan City|
|Mr. Robert Fuhrer|
St. Mary Parish Foundation Invites Mayors to Meeting
St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF) invited mayors from around St. Mary Parish to their meeting on Thursday, September 12th. In attendance were Mayor Frank "Boo” Grizzaffi of Morgan City, Mayor Louis Ratcliff of Berwick, Mayor Raymond Harris, Jr. of Franklin, and Councilman John Rentrop from Patterson on behalf of Mayor Rodney Grogan. The Foundation invited these mayors to their meeting to discuss the cultural development of the community and how they can be of assistance to these efforts.
Pictured Above Left to Right:
Top Row: Dr. Alice Pecoraro, Mr. Al Lippman, Mrs. Jennifer Morice, Dr. Donna Tesi, Mr. Marshall Guidry, Mr. Larry Callais, Mr. Raymond Hebert
Bottom Row: Councilman John Rentrop of Patterson, Mayor Raymond Harris, Jr. of Franklin, Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi of Morgan City, Mayor Louis Ratcliff of Berwick
Board Members Not Pictured: Mr. Gregory Hamer, Sr., Mrs. Tonya Stiel, Mr. Craig Thomson, Mr. Patrick Little, Mrs. Karen Melancon
The Foundation Awards $10,000 to St. Mary Parish Schools
The Foundation recently held its first, competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $10,000 to five schools in St. Mary Parish for the most innovative projects to promote music and arts culture in schools. The funds for the grant cycle were raised by the St. Mary Parish Foundation's Board of Directors through a Gala at Governor Foster's home in 2011 and a raffle in 2012.
The following schools received an award:
- Patterson High School, $2,500 to provide sinks and desks to enhance the art classroom's infrastructure
St. Mary Parish Schools Talented Arts Program - Berwick Jr. High School, $2,000 to fund performance productions for beginner students
Centerville High School Survey of the Arts Program, $1,250 to fund a paper mache mask project
Patterson Junior High, $1,250 for art sculptures for the library
Morgan City High School Mighty Tiger Band, $3,000 to support the band program
Please click here to read The Daily Review's article regarding these grants. Please click here to read the Banner-Tribune's article.
The Foundation Awards $8,000 to St. Mary Parish Schools
The Foundation and its Board Members awarded its first grants on November 30, 2010 in the amount of $1,000 each to the eight high schools in St. Mary Parish. The first grants emphasized education and were made to recognize the eight St. Mary Parish high schools for their efforts to promote student achievement. The funds are to be used for products, programs, or services in order for each school to encourage students to excel academically. For more information, click here.
The affiliate seeks to serve as partners in improving the quality of life in St. Mary Parish; therefore, its first grants towards education emphasized this mission, and were an investment in the students of the parish in an effort to make the communities a better place to live.
To make an online contribution to this Fund, click here.