Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 for Talented
(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.
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.
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 www.alberard.com.
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 www.cfacadiana.org.