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Nov 5, 2012 4:55 PM by Melissa Canone

Awards Luncheon Honors Acadiana Philanthropists

More than 600 people attended Community Foundation of Acadiana's (CFA) second annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 1, at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. The event celebrated the following outstanding philanthropists from eight parishes across Acadiana who have made a positive impact in their communities:

Acadia - Michael G. Francis
Evangeline - Dr. Charles J. Aswell, III
Iberia - Ernest Freyou
Lafayette - Paula Woodson Blanchet
St. Landry - Reggie & Marie Dupré
St. Martin - Ray Pellerin
St. Mary - R.E. "Bob" Miller
Vermilion - Nathan Granger

Short videos about each nominee and CFA were shown at the luncheon, and are now available to view online at The event also featured keynote speaker Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers®, who spoke to attendees about his dream to open Raising Cane's which is now located in 17 states and gives 25% of its profits back to the communities where its restaurants are located.

"This event was again an amazing testament to the generosity of Acadiana. It's truly powerful to be surrounded by hundreds of individuals who are passionate about their community, and we are proud to be able to honor them in this way," said Raymond Hébert, CFA President & CEO. "We are committed to being a resource for Acadiana and to connecting all generous people to the causes they care about."




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