For Immediate Release: March 2, 2011
Media Contact: Kate Wynne, Director of Donor Relations 337.769.4844
Locals get behind Palmetto Island State Park through "Rock N Roll” Marathon in New Orleans
(LAFAYETTE, LA)—An Abbeville local, Thomas Comesana, recently participated in the "Rock N Roll Marathon” in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised $350 for Palmetto Island State Park. Comesana contributed the funds to the Palmetto Island State Park Fund, a Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. He placed donation containers in three local grocery stores and ran 26.2 miles for his community – a symbol of how one person can make a big difference, and, how the Palmetto Island State Park Fund can gather a community together one donation at a time.
Comesana works for the F.D. 7th Ward, a local Fire Department which protects and covers the Palmetto Island State Park. He also lives near the park where he trained for the marathon. "Friends and relatives helped me to raise the funds, but my goal is to run this marathon next year with an even bigger response,” says Comesana. A true testament to what this park means to our community.
Lawmakers have approved an arrangement that will keep Palmetto Island State Park open through the end of June. The state is running the Abbeville-based Park with the help of community contributions.
Community Foundation of Acadiana raised $300,000 to keep the park open after budget cuts put it in jeopardy. The Palmetto Island State Park Fund was created at the Foundation in order to attract public-private contributions which are tax-deductible and securely managed by the Foundation. The Foundation convenes objectively on pivotal projects that positively shape our community, such as Palmetto Island State Park.
Palmetto Island State Park is located 10 miles south of Abbeville on Highway 82 between Abbeville and Intracoastal City on 19501 Pleasant Road. The Park has a boat launch, fishing piers, nature trail, water playground, six cabins, 96 RV camping sites, a visitor center, conference rooms and picnic pavilions. Naming opportunities for the cabins, piers and more are available.
For more information, or to contribute to the Palmetto Island State Park Fund, click here: http://www.cfacadiana.org/fund_highlights/Palmetto-Island-State-Park-Fund
About Community Foundation of Acadiana:
Community Foundation of Acadiana’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing giving, connecting donors to the causes they care about, and providing leadership on community needs and opportunities. Donors establish funds at the Foundation, with any dollar amount, invest the fund, and make grants on fund earnings to fulfill immediate community needs or permanent charitable objectives.
The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity and focuses its primary grant making within an eight-parish area: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. The Foundation currently has assets exceeding $47 million and has granted more than $20 million back into the community since its inception in 2000. For more information visit: www.cfacadiana.org