Leaders In Philanthropy Awards

Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is grateful to the past honorees and supporters of the Leaders in Philanthropy (LIP) Awards.

Nominations are accepted year round. The general public can nominate an outstanding individual, couple, and/or business or corporation that has made a philanthropic impact throughout Acadiana and beyond to support nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, or community initiatives.

Leaders in Philanthropy Award recipients will be chosen from each of CFA's primary service areas of Acadia Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Lafayette Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Mary Parish, and Vermilion Parish. An optional Corporate Award and Community Impact Award may be presented annually. The Corporate Award winner(s) need not be headquartered in Acadiana.

Nominations should be completed online at

Nominees do not need to be fund owners at CFA nor contributors to the Foundation to be selected for an award. Parishes with affiliate foundations will review and choose their honorees. CFA’s past board of directors will review and choose the honorees for all parishes without a CFA parish affiliate as well as the Corporate Award and the Community Impact Award. Once selections are made, a final list will be submitted to CFA’s board of directors for final approval.

Honorees are typically selected in April. This year's recipients will be honored with individual receptions in each of their respective parishes in the fall of 2021.

2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Honorees

Nancy Broadhurst is the recipient of the 2019 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for Acadia Parish. She is a highly motivated fundraising leader who thrives on working to make an impact in her community. Over the years, her volunteer efforts, financial support, fundraising abilities, board leadership, and dedication toward helping for the public good, is recognized through the many initiatives. Click here to view Nancy's philanthropy video.

Joan and Eugene Fontenot are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Evangeline Parish. They have spent decades opening their hearts to serve others in their community. The couple has a passion for supporting education and religious organizations throughout Evangeline Parish. Click here to view Joan and Eugene's philanthropy video.

Becky Gerami and Edward Stewart Shea III of New Iberia are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Iberia Parish. Guided by philosophy, Becky and Stewart have been supporting charities such as St. Francis Diner, Solomon House, and the Disch Declouet Social Service Center for many years. Organizations such as these, along with their many volunteers on the front lines, do essential work. Click here to view Becky and Stewart's philanthropy video.

Carolyn Doerle and Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Lafayette Parish. Their philanthropy spans decades, and their generosity has impacted communities in our state, in our country and around the world. In 2018, Carolyn and Kip founded the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation, establishing the foundation as a supporting organization of Community Foundation of Acadiana. Click here to view Carolyn and Kip's philanthropy video.

The Walking Ladies of Opelousas are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards honorees for St. Landry Parish. Alice Morrow, Cathy Hebert, Cynthia Lormand, and Susie Glowacki have been exercising together three days a week for 20 years. During their walks, they canvas the city and discuss ways to enhance and beautify the community. Their most passionate project was to magnify the Christmas Nativity display that sits in the Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas. Click here to view The Walking Ladies philanthropy video.

Cheryl and Michael Robicheaux are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for St. Martin Parish. St. Bernard School has always been an essential facet of the community and has been influential to Cheryl’s life. In 2011, they established the “Angels for Education Scholarship Fund.” There are presently several students attending St. Bernard School under the Angels for Education Scholarship program. Click here to view Cheryl and Mike's philanthropy awards video.

Joy and Frank Guarisco are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards honorees for St. Mary Parish. As a young boy, Frank worked at his parent’s grocery store in Patterson. It was housed in the same building as his insurance business which he still manages today. Frank witnessed his mother give food to families in need. It was her loving and generous spirit that led to his philanthropy. Frank has been an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He’s been a member and a leader of the organization for 56 years. Click here to view Joy and Frank's philanthropy video.

Cleco is the recipient of the Corporate Award. Bill Fontenot, the CEO of Cleco, will accept the award. Becoming the leading energy company in Louisiana—helping the people and state thrive—means being mindful of the larger opportunities and evolving needs of all Cleco's serves. Cleco believes that electricity is not just a product. It’s what powers better lives, brings our people and communities closer together. Click here to view Cleco's philanthropy video.

Margaret H. Trahan is the recipient of the Community Impact Award for her decades of service to philanthropy throughout Acadiana. Margaret has more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit director and leader. Currently, Margaret serves as the Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Lafayette. Before her new role with the Diocese, she was the President/CEO of United Way of Acadiana (UWA) for 24 years. Click here to view Margaret's philanthropy video.

2019 Keynote Speaker

2019 Keynote Speaker

Matthew G. Stuller Sr. was the keynote speaker of the 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards. He is the founder, chief executive officer and global strategist of Stuller, Inc., North America’s largest fine jewelry manufacturer and distributor. Over time, he built the business into an ever evolving organization that produces 360,000 jewelry-related products that can be shipped overnight. Since its founding, Stuller, Inc. has become one of the largest overnight shippers in the country.

Our 2019 keynote speaker is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

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2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Sponsors

Iberia Parish Sponsor

Lafayette Parish Sponsor

St. Martin Parish Sponsor