Published on www.iberianet.com
By Laura Gary
Iberia Parish Foundation Board member and Acadian Dragon Boat festival member Angela Cestia of New Iberia, Community Foundation of Acadiana chief operation officer Eric Guidry of Lafayette, IPF secretary/treasurer Sid DeRouen of New Iberia and IPF Chair and Shadows-on-the-Teche representative Beverly Shea of New Iberia mingle following a ceremony held at Bayou Teche Museum Tuesday.
The Iberia Parish Foundation granted more than $13,000 from its Competitive Grants Cycle to seven local nonprofit organizations during a Tuesday evening ceremony at the Bayou Teche Museum.
A total of $13,179.30 was distributed among the Acadian Dragon Boat Festival, CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc., Shadows-on-the-Teche/National Trust for Historic Preservation, Envision da Berry, Bayou Teche Museum, Iberia Development Foundation and the Iberia Performing Arts League.
"We’re getting lights for our orchestra for lour big musical, ‘Anything Goes,’ that will not bleed light into the audience,” said IPAL representative Doc Voorhies of New Iberia. "That will make it better for them.”
"That’s something we’ve been waiting for for years, and it’s just another little bit of proof that the community supports these cultural efforts,” said Mike Parich of New Iberia, also with IPAL. "It’s unbelievable how much support we get from the community. We wouldn’t be there without community support, so kudos to the community for their support.”
Eric Guidry of Lafayette, chief operating officer of Community Foundation of Acadiana, was on hand to help hand out the checks.
"CFA supports eight parishes in Acadiana. We support them administratively, but they do all of their own heavy lifting,” Guidry said. "This is the favorite part of our job, putting money back into the community.”
Each organization did a little heavy lifting as they were presented with "The Price Is Right”-sized checks during the ceremony.
Marcia Patout, director of Bayou Teche Museum, said the money received from IPF would be used to help fund a permanent George Rodrigue exhibit.
"We applied for the installation of the George Rodrigue Studio. The last place he painted. The canvas is unfinished,” Patout said. "We’ll have the easel, the chair, and the unfinished painting. We’re very thrilled.”
The money in the grant cycle was raised through several fundraisers by the IPF Board of Directors, including last May’s Hats & Horses Derby. The IPF selected seven 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations out of the 13 that applied, focusing on projects that promote the betterment of the citizens of Iberia Parish.