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Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 for Talented Arts Booster - 3/30/2016 -

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2016 
  Contact: Erin Winder 

Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 for 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

Lafayette, LA – 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. TAB President of the board of directors Noemi Gandara-Perillo said, "We are so grateful for the generous support and the opportunity to enhance the students’ creative work and growth. This donation will have a huge impact in moving us forward and will further our goals.”

TAB is the parent-based organization of the Lafayette Parish School System’s Talented Arts program. Its role is to raise funds to supplement the visual arts, music and theater curriculum in the Talented Arts program.

Funds for the grant were raised from the Al Berard Music Festival which was held last November at the Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, LA. Daughter of Al Berard and fund ownerLaura Huval said, "TAB is providing programs through the Lafayette Parish School System that is encouraging creative and artistic expression in its students. The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund is happy to support TAB in its endeavors.”

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund 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 a mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole culture.

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund 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.

For more information about the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, please visit For more information regarding Community Foundation of Acadiana, or to learn how you can establish your own fund, please contact Erin Winder at 337.769.4842.

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $166 million and has made cumulative grants of over $82 million. Learn more at



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