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CFA Announces Ralph de la Vega as Keynote Speaker for its Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon - 10/18/2016 -

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2016
Contact: Erin Winder

 CFA Announces Ralph de la Vega as Keynote Speaker for its Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

(Lafayette, La.)Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is proud to feature Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions and International, as the keynote speaker for its sixth annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center.

De la Vega, who is also a motivational speaker, philanthropist and author, will share his thoughts on leadership and community involvement. He serves as Chairman of All-Markets Initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the board of Junior Achievement Worldwide. He is the author of the best-selling book "Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life”, in which he shares his leadership style and the personal experiences that helped him forge it.   

In addition to the keynote address, CFA will recognize 13 individuals at the event for making a positive impact in their communities through philanthropy

  • Acadia Parish – Peggy & John Daniel Gielen, III
  • Evangeline Parish – Anita M. Fontenot
  •  Iberia Parish – Phil & Reneé Haney
  •  Lafayette Parish – James Devin & Ruth Moncus
  • St. Landry Parish – Sue Soileau Brignac
  • St. Martin Parish – Roy & Catherine Poché
  • St. Mary Parish – Dr. Alan M. Hoberman  & Dr. Mildred  S. Christian (1942-2009)
  • Vermilion Parish – N. R. Broussard

CFA will present corporate awards to Acadian Companies and Chevron – Gulf of Mexico Business Unit for their outstanding philanthropy in Acadiana. Nominations for all awards were submitted by the community and CFA's past board of directors made final selections.

Luncheon seats and tables are open to the public and are now on sale. Seats are $75 each and tables of eight are $500 each. To register to attend, or for more information on Ralph de la Vega and the award recipients, please visit The deadline to purchase seats and tables is Nov. 2. For registration questions, please call 337-769-4849. 

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 of $175 million and has made cumulative grants of over $87 million. Learn more at



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