The event honored Dr.
Alan M. Hoberman and Dr. Mildred S. Christian (1942 – 2009) as St. Mary
Parish’s 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy
for their generous contributions in donating Shadowlawn to the St. Mary Parish
Chapter of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and establishing a $500,000
endowment for the perpetual maintenance and restoration of the property.
The inaugural 2016 St.
Mary Parish Role Models were honored for their outstanding commitment to St.
Mary Parish and their efforts to make the community a better place through
their different fields. The following role models were recognized: Danny Luke,
agriculture; Lisa Parsiola, arts; Jeremy Callais, Business; Niki Fryou,
education; Drs. Bill and Abby Cefalu, healthcare; Matthew and Phyllis Glover,
public service or volunteerism.
St. Mary Parish Foundation Chair Greg Hamer, Sr. said, "We are very
pleased with the turnout for this event. Our guests are not only helping us
recognize and thank those who do so much for our community, but they are also
supporting our annual grant cycle and other philanthropic activities for the
The honorees were
toasted with champagne during a brief recognition ceremony following which
guests had the opportunity to meet and mingle with them.
The event was sponsored by Brenda and Gregory Hamer, Sr.; Gina and Joe
Sanford; and Guidry Mineral Investments, LLC and Thomson Smith & Leach
Insurance Group. Event proceeds are funding the St. Mary Parish Foundation’s
philanthropic activities throughout the year.
The St. Mary Parish Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of
Acadiana and has a separate board of directors, specifically for the benefit of
St. Mary Parish. The purpose of the St.
Mary Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact St. Mary Parish
and tofocus on enhancing the quality of life in St. Mary Parish.Please
www.cfacadiana.org/StMary for a list of the local board of
directors or for more information.
Community Foundation of Acadiana: Community Foundation of
Acadiana’s core purpose is to connect all generous donors 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 gifts of over $82 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.