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Sue Soileau Brignac to receive philanthropy award - 10/12/2016 -

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2016
Contact: Erin Winder

Sue Soileau Brignac to receive philanthropy award

 (Lafayette, La.) Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) will honor Sue Soileau Brignac at its sixth annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Nov. 11 at the Cajundome Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the program is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Brignac has been selected to receive the 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for her leadership, dedication and commitment to St. Landry Parish.  Her philanthropy is focused on supporting youth, education and those less fortunate than herself. 

As the President/CEO and Chairman of the board of Washington State Bank (WSB), she oversees community programs sponsored by WSB such as St. Landry Parish Sheriff Guidroz’s popular "Cops for Kids” program. Additionally, the Bank has been a corporate sponsor for Acadiana Outreach Shelter and the perennial sponsor of the Catfish Festival, The Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Banquets, Father Glenn Meaux’s Hobanal Haiti Mission and many other annual events. For the last three years, Washington State Bank has awarded two scholarships annually to finance students at South Louisiana Community College. 

Brignac’s business and community involvement is extensive. She has served as a Commissioner of St. Landry Parish Economic Industrial Development District for over 25 years and as the Chairman of the Commission from 1999 until 2011. She serves as the Louisiana representative on the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council Administrative Committee. 

Brignac is one of 13 individuals who will be recognized for making a positive impact in their communities through philanthropy:

  • St. Landry Parish – Sue Soileau Brignac
  •  Acadia Parish – Peggy & John Daniel Gielen, III
  •  Evangeline Parish – Anita M. Fontenot
  •  Iberia Parish – Phil & Reneé Haney
  •  Lafayette Parish – James Devin & Ruth Moncus
  •  St. Martin Parish – Roy & Catherine Poché
  •  St. Mary Parish – Dr. Alan M. Hoberman & Dr. Mildred S. Christian(1942-2009)
  •  Vermilion Parish – N. R. Broussard

In addition to the above award recipients, CFA will present corporate awards to Acadian Companies and Chevron – Gulf of Mexico Business Unit for their outstanding philanthropy in Acadiana. Nominations for all awards were submitted by the community and CFA's past board of directors made final selections.

Luncheon seats and tables are open to the public and are now on sale. Seats are $75 each, and tables of eight are $500 each. To register to attend, or for more information on the award recipients, please visit The deadline to purchase seats and tables is Nov. 2. For registration questions, please call 337-769-4849.  

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people 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 of $175 million and has made cumulative grants of over $87 million. Learn more at



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