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Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 to Le Reveil du Francais


The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $5,000 to Le Reveil du Français to strengthen and grow the Cecilia French Immersion program. The grant will be used in a variety of ways for the upcoming school year to fund the following projects and initiatives for students in St. Martin Parish at Cecilia Primary, Teche Elementary and Cecilia Junior High School. Read more here.


Al Berard Music Fund Grants $1,000 to Breaux Bridge High School Band


The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana recently granted $1,000 to the Breaux Bridge High School Band. The school has not had a band program for over six years. The funds will be used to purchase instruments and help to kick start the newly formed band program. 



Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective


(Left to Right): Mavis Arnaud Frugé, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective board vice president; Karleen Berard, the late Al Berard’s wife; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Jacqueline Cochran, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective communications director; George Marks, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective director

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for "French Week" to support ongoing and future French programming through the Semaine Française France-Louisiane Fund.

Please click here to read the full release.


Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 to Talented Arts Booster


(Left to Right): Karleen Berard, the late Al Berard’s wife; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Noemi Gandara-Perillo, TAB President of the board of directors; Amanda Newbery, Talented Arts Theatre Teacher

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $5,000 to the Paul Breaux Middle School Talented Arts Booster (TAB) for the annual Talented Arts Festival and to support Talented Arts programs.

The grant will be used to provide a professional venue for the Talented Arts Festival at which students will showcase their art forms. Funds will also be used to supplement the teachers’ talented arts programs and provide needed supplies.

Please click here to read the full release.


Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Supports the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette


The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund grants $1,500 to the Tipitina’s Foundation Inc. for the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette.

The grant will be used to upgrade equipment and computers at the facility and allow the Co-Op to offer access to different resources that it hasn’t been able to offer before.

The Co-Op helps local musicians of all ages by providing practice space, demo recording space, workshops on a variety of topics centering around the Music Business, pro bono legal services, as well as one-on-one tutorials on a variety of topics such as copyright, business management, and recording techniques. The Co-Op welcomes anyone in the Acadiana area, as well as statewide, to become a member.

To read the full release, click here.

Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $10,000 to New Music Program

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund grants $10,000 to the St. Martin Parish School Board for the new St. Martin Parish Gifted and Talented Music Program.

The grant will help to purchase instruments, books and other supplies for the music enrichment program. The program augments and enriches musical skills and awareness for students who have an aptitude for music.

To read the full release,click here

Mission:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, promotes Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers, and music scholarships to students of all ages. The fund honors the life of the late Cajun musician, Al Berard, who was a pillar of his community and mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole culture.

Vision:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana,will promote music formation for children and adults, as well as educate about the rich history of Acadiana’s musical and cultural heritage.


Values:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, like Al himself, believes that music is the universal language of the world and can transform and enrich our souls. Al said it best, "So many different styles of music come from my area, I realize how blessed I am to get to play with so many incredible musicians. Playing music has been my life. Within us all there is a deep calling; this voice never leaves me alone. If for some reason I can never play music again (and I hope that day never comes) I must say, my journey has been incredible”. The fund hopes to live up to the motto of Al Berard…. "Peace on Earth…LOVE”.

Background:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, was established by the Berard Family to honor Al Berard’s legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund” in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.



 

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