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A Tribute to Al Berard by Sweet Cecilia

The band, Sweet Cecilia, has released a tribute album to honor the late Albert "Pyook" Berard, a singer, songwriter, and Grammy-nominated musician from Cecilia, Louisiana.

Sweet Cecilia includes award-winning singers and songwriters Laura Huval, Maegan Berard, and Callie Guidry. The trio was guided by Al's wisdom and musical talent, which has led to their on-going success.

"We are excited to release our new album, A Tribute to Al Berard," said Laura. "The album features original songs written by my father, who was a world-renowned musician and a pioneer of the Acadian/Creole culture."

The Fund provides instruments to students, offers music scholarships to students of all ages, and supports community projects that support the arts and our cultural heritage.

The CD can be ordered online at www.sweetceciliagirls.com or pick up a copy locally at any of the locations listed on Sweet Cecilia's website. The album will also be available for purchase on all streaming service websites.

Online donations to the Al Berard Fund can be made at here. Donations can be mailed to CFA, Memo: Al Berard Fund, 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508. For more information, you can email donorservices@cfacadiana.org or call 337.769.4843.

Donations support Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers, and music scholarships to students of all ages. The Fund also supports community projects that promote the cultural heritage of Acadiana.

All proceeds from the album sales will benefit the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). This is not a CFA fundraiser. The Fund is a grant-making Fund that provides instruments to students, offers music scholarships to students of all ages and supports community projects that support the arts and our cultural heritage.

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Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana, sup­ports community organizations who promote our rich Cajun/Creole heritage, arts, music, and French language. Your generous contribution provides instruments to students, funds the placement of master teachers and offers music scholarships to students of all ages in Acadiana.

Al Berard Memorial Fund honors the late Al Berard who was a mentor for music lovers everywhere. “His passion was to teach everyone about his love for music and the Cajun/Creole culture in which he lived,” said Laura Huval, Berard’s daughter. “Through this fund his passion lives on today”.

The Al Berard Memorial Fund has granted approximately $75,000 to music organizations throughout Acadiana.

There a variety of sponsorship levels that range from $2500 to $250. All donations to the Al Berard Memorial Fund are tax deductible.

Some of the organizations that have benefited from the fund are St. Martin Parish Gifted/Talented Music Program, Lafayette Parish Gifted/Talented Music Program, Lafayette’s Tipitina’s Foundation, Woodvale Elementary “French Week”, Louisiana Folk Roots Summer Kids Camp, NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, Le Reveil du Francais, and Teche Center for the Arts.

You can make a donation online at by clicking here or mail your donation to:
CFA, Memo: Al Berard Fund,
1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100,
Lafayette, LA 70508

Donations can be made through your Donor Advised Fund with CFA or elsewhere. For more information, you can email donorservices@cfacadiana.org or call 337.769.4844.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Cajun Fiddle Sponsor ($2,500)
Tim & Lynn Calais

Cajun Accordion Sponsor ($1,000)
Ronny Theriot Community Projects Fund
Thomas Pierce (Tom's Fiddle & Bow Shop)
Mary D. Belleau

Guitar Level Sponsor ($500)
Blair & Elizabeth Scrantz
Dr. Opal LeBlanc
Cecilia Water Corporation
Jim & Betty Faulk
Nancy Broussard
St. Agnes Healthcare Nursing Home

Mandolin Level Sponsor($250)
Reilly C. Trahan
Randy Angelle
Kent C. Argenta
Frank Neuner, Jr
Pellerin Funeral Homes
Richard T. Sheeren