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2018 St. Mary Parish Awards

2018 St. Mary Parish Awards Gala St. Mary Parish Parish Foundation (SMPF) honored the 2018 St. Mary Parish Role Models who donate their time and resources to nonprofit organizations, churches and schools throughout St. Mary Parish during a special awards gala on Friday, May 18. The Gala featured our 2018 Leaders in Philanthropy honoree for St. Mary Parish, Alice and William Pecoraro.

Alice and Bill Pecoraro

Alice and Bill Pecoraro

2018 Leaders in Philanthropy Honorees

Alice and Bill Pecoraro have been active community members since establishing their home in the Tri-City area over 50 years ago. They have been committed to their church, schools, both private and public, universities, and local charities. The St. Mary Community Foundation held its inaugural event at their home nearly 10 years ago. They participated in the initial fund-raising to establish the affiliate and have attended every sponsored event since its inception.

Bill was active in the early years in the Knights of Columbus and in later years in the Boy Scouts and the Morgan City Port Commission and Wharf Committee. Alice served for many years on the board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Keep Morgan City Beautiful, and Keep St. Mary Beautiful. Earlier, she was a member of the Historic Commission and the Image Commission of Morgan City. She served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, and the St. Mary Community Foundation. They feel humbled and honored to join the past distinguished philanthropists of St. Mary, all of whom they know and admire.

Nancy Boudreaux

Nancy Boudreaux

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Nancy Boudreaux is a former local business owner for more than 20 years. Boudreaux created a Teen Board, anorganization who helped focused on improving the self-esteem and health of teenaged girls. Annually, Boudreaux hosted a fashion to benefit the Girl Scouts of America, Special Education and many more organizations. Every Thanksgiving holiday, the Teen Board would sponsor "Fill the Truck” food drive to benefit St. Mary Outreach. She served on the Holy Cross School board for one year. Also, she was instrumental in starting the "Good Deeds Club" at Holy Cross Elementary. Members of the club would visit nursing home and hospital patients. For the past 27 years, she donated Christmas baskets to the elderly in need. She is most known for creating "Ladies' Night Out", a fund raiser for breast cancer patients in which proceeds are donated to local women to help with expenses associated with breast cancer. This event is held every other year and has been held for more than 20 years. Nancy is a current board for St. Mary Outreach where she has organized the "Motivation for Life” event. Past guest speakers of the event have been Dale Brown and Skip Bertman. The next Motivation for Life event will be held on July 31 with guest speaker Will Wade. Nancy has organized the annual Tour of Homes fund raisers for St. Mary Outreach. She has been married to Peter Boudreaux for 36 years. They have two children, Zach and Ben.

​Mark Chauvin

​Mark Chauvin

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Mark Chauvin is the owner and manager of Bayou Sale Cane Co., Inc., a sugarcane farming operation located in Centerville, Louisiana which he began in 1990. He has been the president of the St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau for 20 years and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Mark is a member of the American Sugarcane League and enjoys participating in the Washington, DC fly-ins to meet and discuss matters with legislators that directly affect the sugarcane industry on a state and national level. He is a member of the Church of the Assumption and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jonathan Scully & Mason Carbonell

Jonathan Scully & Mason Carbonell

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Jonathan Scully and Mason Carbonell opened Pelican Contractors of La, LLC on April 4, 2016. Within a few months of operation, the Baton Rouge area flooded, and Pelican Contractors helped with rescuing efforts, donations, and food for flood victims. Pelican Contractors then participated in the Sheltered Home Program to help demo and rebuild homes in the Baton Rouge area. Pelican Contractors also provided FEMA trained technicians for TPS units used for safety purposes in temporary housing for displaced citizens. Jonathan was then asked and honored to speak before legislature in Washington, DC on the disaster relief and recovery efforts needed within the State of Louisiana after a catastrophic natural disaster. Pelican volunteered with sandbagging in Stephenville, LA and contacted the City of Berwick when flooding was a risk. At the present time Pelican Contractors has FEMA Certified RV inspectors and providing disaster assistant in Virgin Islands. We currently employ approximately 50 people, whom live locally. Pelican Contractors fully supports the Back the Blue initiatives in St. Mary Parish. They are members of numerous organizations such as Duck's Unlimited, St. Mary Parish Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Gold Club of BHS and Rebuild SOS. Scully is member of Adonis, Hephaestus, Dionysus and Bridge St. Mary. Carbonell is member of Hephaestus.

​Danika Foley

​Danika Foley

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Danika Foley is the news director of KWBJ TV 22 where she hosts "The Voice of the Coast with Danika” which serves nearly 45,000 homes and businesses in the Tri-parish area. She is an avid supporter of community based activities, youth mentoring and advocate for the arts. She is also the founder of ibedamned-blog, a women's empowerment blog, where she co-hosts the Facebook Live show, Carpool Conversations. Danika is also a graduate of Leadership St. Mary.

​Lauren V. Hebert

​Lauren V. Hebert

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Lauren V. Hebert, CPA/PFS, is a Shareholder of Darnall, Sikes & Frederick (A Corporation of Certified Public Accountants) and Financial Advisor with DSF Wealth Management, L.L.C. Currently, she serves as Vice-chairman of the Morgan City Main Street Board, Treasurer of St. Mary One, and a member of the Nicholls State University Accounting Advisory Board. As Chair of the Main Street Board’s Design Committee, she spearheads Block 27 - the Lawrence Park Improvement Project. Within her office, she coordinates personnel as volunteers for the Morgan City Youth Center. She is also active as a member of Pharr Chapel UMC and with St. Mary Excel.

​Roye Bell Pontiff

​Roye Bell Pontiff

2018 St. Mary Parish Role Model

Roye Bell Pontiff is a teacher and coach at Hanson Memorial High School, her alma mater. She is a long time resident of Franklin and has served as a teacher, coach, catechist, campus minister and director of the Touch service program at Hanson Memorial. Roye has been an integral part of the sports programs at Hanson since 1980, coaching basketball, cross country, softball, track and even a little football. She has spent countless summers as swim instructor and coach for the youth in our area. Roye continues to bring a faith-filled enthusiasm to the youth and adults of our schools and community.