For Release:Wednesday, February 12,
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
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
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 www.cfacadiana.org/FallenWarriors
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 www.FallenWarriorsMemorialMorganCity.com.
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
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 www.cfacadiana.org/StMary for more information.
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 www.cfacadiana.org.