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Jul 29, 2010 4:12 PM by Melissa Canone

Kathleen Blanco Presents Angel Awards

Former Governor Kathleen Blanco recently presented Angel Awards to three outstanding LARC volunteers. The awards were given at LARC's annual Board Installation Banquet this past week in Acadian Village's Stutes Building.

Although the official business of the night was to install board members and officers, all in attendance would agree the highlight of the evening was when special guest Governor Blanco handed out the three "Generosity Angels" to three unsuspecting guests.

Al Daspit was awarded for his year 'round volunteerism to both LARC and its subsidiary Acadian Village. The retired Bellsouth employee and active AT & T Telecom Pioneers member is often found cutting grass, repairing, cooking and much more in and around the LARC campus. He can be found each and every night managing the kitchen for LARC's major fundraiser, Noel Acadien au Village. He has even managed to recruit his family to assist in the three-week long fundraiser that draws nearly 30,000 visitors to the event.

Donna McCardell was awarded for her long standing participation in LARC and Acadian Village and her dedication for going beyond her duties as a long-time member of the non-profit's board. Also a retired Bellsouth employee and an active member in the AT & T Pioneers, McCardell holds a special place in her heart for LARC. Her sister is in the full-time care of one of LARC's Residential community homes. Glenn Weber said of Donna, "when I've needed volunteers for last minute projects or things just fell through, I could always count on Donna to help us out. She truly is an angel, and what's great doesn't expect anything for it."

With no introduction really needed, the final Angel Award went to Maria Placer. Weber said of Maria, "Her popular role on KLFY came into play for LARC many years in a row when the economy was down, but we still needed to raise funds. She called in favors and her dedication to the Lafayette Community really came through as she was most instrumental in many successful Noel Acadien au Villages."

Former Governor Kathleen Blanco commented after presenting the awards that she could really feel the connection these volunteers had with LARC. "They are all true angels." She added, "Glenn, you've thanked me for attending, but I must take this opportunity to thank you for inviting me, it feels great to be a part of this special moment."

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