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St. Mary Parish Foundation Gives $5,000 to Fallen Warriors Memorial Project - 2/12/2014 -

For Release:Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Contact:Erin Winder


St. Mary Parish Foundation Gives $5,000 to Fallen Warriors Memorial Project

Morgan City, LA – St. Mary Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), held a check presentation Wednesday, February 12 at City Hall to donate $5,000 to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project.

The project will build a memorial that will serve as a permanent monument to honor men and women from Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson and the surrounding tri-city area who gave their lives while in service to their country. The monument will be built in the new Cypress Park near the Morgan City Auditorium and is scheduled to be complete by Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2014. The memorial will also feature a Walk of Honor brick walkway to honor all military veterans, whether living or dead, who served their country during wartime or peacetime.

The Fallen Warriors Memorial Project is a project of the City of Morgan City in collaboration with the St. Mary Parish Foundation. The cost for the monument is nearly $150,000 and will be funded with private, tax-deductible contributions from the community. Each gift will directly benefit the Memorial as Fab-Con, Inc is graciously sponsoring the project and covering the administrative costs.

Mayor Frank "Boo” Grizzaffi of Morgan City said, "This is a great project for St. Mary Parish and the tri-city area in particular and a wonderful opportunity to honor our veterans who have given their lives for our freedom.”

Alice Peoraro, St. Mary Parish Foundation board member said, "The St. Mary Parish Foundation is honored to be a part of this endeavor. It is important to recognize those who have given so much for our country.”

Marc Distefano, co-chairman of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project said, "The mission of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project is to honor those local veterans who sacrificed their lives. Our goals are to encourage local community support, both in terms of financial donations as well as information about the lives of these heroes; build an enduring, world class monument that symbolizes such a sacrifice where citizens can reflect on the human cost of combat; and memorialize these heroes with stories about their lives. We hope to not only honor their individual sacrifice, but also to acknowledge the heavy burden placed on their family and friends in this community.”

Terry Mayon, co-chairman of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project said, "We must remember that, in most cases, these were very young men who fought and died for our way of life. The design of the sculpture will illustrate the line of our Fallen Warriors passing the symbol of our freedoms, the American flag, to the next generation.”

Donations can be made to the Fallen Warriors Memorial project by visiting or by mailing a check to St. Mary Parish Foundation with Fallen Warriors Memorial in the memo to P.O. Box 2000, Morgan City, LA, 70381. Additionally, members of the community may also purchase bricks in the Walk of Honor online or by requesting an order form at

Front Row (pictured from left to right): Rob Radtke, project website developer; Shannon Hamer, project designer; Alice Pecoraro, SMPF board member; Dr. Donna Tesi, SMPF chair; Kathy Bailey, SMPF board member; Morgan City Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi; Marc Distefano, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman

Back Row (pictured from left to right): Tim Hymel, Mayor Pro-Tem of Morgan City; Greg Hamer, SMPF vice-chair; Larry Callais, SMPF secretary/treasurer; Al Lippman, SMPF board member; Terry Mayon, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman

St. Mary Parish Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana and was established in November 2008. It has its own board of directors, specifically for the benefit of St. Mary Parish. The board members are Donna Tesi, MD (chair), Gregory J. Hamer, Sr. (vice-chair), Larry Callais (secretary/treasurer), Kathleen Bailey, Alita Boudreaux, Frank Guarisco, Marshall W. Guidry, Alfred S. Lippman (ex-officio), Patrick Little, Karen Melancon, Alice G. Pecoraro, PhD (ex-officio), and Craig Thomson. Please visit for more information.

Community Foundation of Acadiana 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’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized for the second year among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $115 million in cumulative gifts and over $66 million in cumulative grants. Learn more at



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