And ladies, too, of course. The Community Foundation of Acadiana celebrated its own with a luncheon and honors at the Cajundome Convention Center. "CFA is one of Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations, and we’re proud to recognize eight philanthropists and two corporate donors who continue to enhance the quality of life in our region,” said foundation CEO Raymond Hebert. AT&T Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega gave the big speech, and among those sporting the laurels were Alan Hoberman, N.R. Broussard, Alex Voorhies, Sue Soileau Brignac, Anita Fontenot, John Dan Gielan, Roy and Catherine Poché, Renee and Phil Haney, and Acadian Ambulance.
Country music celebrity Trace Adkins headlined Honorfest at Parc International on Veterans Day, with all proceeds to benefit American Legion Post 69 and its programs for veterans in need. Townsquare Media’s Casey LeLeux got to be the gofer, and one of the things she had to go for was Adkin’s boudin order. "He wanted 10 pounds, half hot and half not,” she said. "I had to tell him, 'It doesn’t come that way; you’re thinking of sausage.' ”
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Joe W. Vice has been inducted into the Order of Living Legends by the Acadian Museum in Erath. The retired paratrooper and Green Beret joined the Army when he was 17, served in Korea and Vietnam, where his French-speaking skills were put to good use, and was later assigned to what’s now known as Delta Force. He also served with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and is known currently for his Cajun music.