St. Mary Parish Foundation

2017 St. Mary Parish Foundation Grants $18,325 to Nonprofits, Churches & Schools


Morgan City, LA - The St. Mary Parish Foundation (SMPF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), awarded 12 grants to nonprofits, churches and schools throughout St. Mary Parish totaling $18,325.00.  This summer, SMPF opened its grant cycle 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. The grants were awarded to the following agencies:

Berwick Elementary received a grant for computer software called "Imagine Learning" to help increase students' academic achievement and social potential. The program will increase student exposure to literature and social skills.

Bridge St. Mary, Inc. 


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Conrad Robert Allain, Bridge St. Mary president; Dawn Kaiser-Melancon, Bridge St. Mary board member; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Bridge St. Mary, Incorporated is a professional membership outreach nonprofit organization working with the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce to help retain and attract professionals to help our businesses grow because a healthy workforce equals a healthy economy.  


Centerville High School 

L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Kristi Estay, Centerville High School principal, Tammilee Kelly, Centerville High School assistant principal; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member


Centerville High School received a grant for its Leader in Me program. Centerville High School is the only preK-12 school in St. Mary Parish, and it's one of the few schools in the parish to implement the Leader in Me.  The program promotes a concept for building leadership skills in students by focusing on a series of eight habits to include be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize, sharpen the saw and find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.


Central Catholic High School 


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Vic Bonnaffee, Central Catholic High School; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Central Catholic High School received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to secure a school digital license of the Catch-Up Math app. The app assists students with improving and maintaining math skills in the  school's one-to-one iPad learning environment.

 

Chez Hope, Inc.


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Cherrise Picard, Chez Hope, Inc. executive director; Tammy Rogers, Chez Hope, Inc. community outreach; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

Chez Hope, Inc. received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase wristbands for its Bully Free program and Teen Dating Violence program to be given to students who attend a Chez Hope Children's Educational School program.

City of Morgan City


L-R: Raymond Hebert, CFA CEO; Brian Thorguson, SMPF board member; Cecil A. Hernandez, SMPF board member; Phyllis Glover, SMPF board member; Donna McDonald, Morgan City Youth Center; Sandy Nolen, Jevenile Services; Judge Kim Stansbury; Janice LeBlanc, SMPF board member; Charlotte Mahfouz, SMPF board member; Craig Thomson, SMPF board member; Larry Callais, SMPF board member

City of Morgan City/Morgan City Youth Center received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation. The grant will be used to transport children to youth activities such as field trips and community events throughout Morgan City.


Claire House for Women and Children


Claire House for Women and Children received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase and provide children residing at the Claire House with educational supplies and educational activities.

Community of Friends


Community of Friends received a grant the St. Mary Parish Foundation to purchase supplies to expand the Social Support Group to include more students.

Fit, Fun and Fabulous of Franklin


Fit, Fun and Fabulous of Franklin received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to host an event hosted by numerous agencies to promote a healthy community. 

Muscular Dystrophy Association


Muscular Dystrophy Association received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation for its MDA Summer Camp "Camp Starlite" for children with a neuromuscular disease. 


Patterson Junior High School 


Patterson Junior High School received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation for supplies for the art classroom.


St. Mary Outreach


St. Mary Outreach received a grant from the St. Mary Parish Foundation to provide fresh and frozen foods to patrons. St. Mary Outreach serves the growing need for an emergency food bank for the portions of St. Mary Parish. 


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.

Click here to review guidelines.
Click here for your grant application.

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! 

To purchase tickets to the event please visit www.cfacadiana.org/SMPFevent





Presenting Sponsors 

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:

Berwick Elementary

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

Click here to read the full press release.


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.

SMPF recently 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.

Pictured Above:

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.


Pictured Above:
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.

Please click here to view the full press release.


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:

Gold:

AnonymousKiwanis Club of East St. Mary
B & G Food Enterprises, LLC DBA Taco Bell/KFCLippman & Mahfouze, LLC
Bayou TestersMr. & Mrs. Al S. Lippman
Brenda & Greg HamerMr. & Mrs. Thomas Mahfouze
Cabot CorporationLouisiana Wetlands, LLC
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas KramerMarshall W. Guidry
Franklin Foundation HospitalMorgan City Rotary Club
Franklin Medical SpecialtiesMr. R.E. "Bob" Miller
G & J Land & Marine Food Distributions, Inc.Sterling Sugars, LLC
Gator Rigging Stiel Insurance Agencies
Halimar Shipyard, LLCTeche Regional Medical Center
Jennifer & Natchez Morice, III, MDThe Provost House Bed & Breakfast
Kenny & Becky Nelkin

Silver:

Cecil & Kim Hernandez Thomson, Smith & Leach Insurance Company
Michael DominoUrgent 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.


 

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