Role models and philanthropists take a bow April 17

Danny Luke, Agriculture
Danny Luke is the co-manager of his family’s farm, Antoine Luke Farm Inc., in the Centerville-Bayou Sale area. He is a member of the St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau Board, the St. Mary Parish Soil and Water Conservation District and the Knights of Columbus.

Niki Fryou, Education
Niki Fryou is the principal of Hattie Watts Elementary, a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, in Patterson. Known to be innovative, she successfully implemented The Leader in Me program at her school. This program has had a profound effect on the behavior and attitudes of young students. Fryou was honored as the 2012 Louisiana Elementary School Principal and was solely recognized as the 2013 National Distinguished Principal.

Matthew and Phyllis Glover,
Public Service or Volunteerism
Matthew and Phyllis Glover give generously of their time and talents in community organizations and their church. They established the Glover-Stackhouse Scholarship in 2009, which has awarded four-year scholarships to 12 students to attend universities in Louisiana.

Lisa Parsiola, Arts
Lisa Parsiola, creative interior designer, utilizes her talents through The Brighton Group and Gulf Land Office in residential and commercial venues. She is also well-known for her volunteerism with the Morgan City Youth program, her church and the community.

Jeremy Callais, Business
Jeremy Callais is an executive officer at M C Bank and was recently named a member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers’ Council. He is the only non-CEO member of this 100-member council. Callais is known for his active involvement in schools, his church and community organizations. He is the past president of the Kiwanis Club.

Drs. Bill and Abby Cefalu, Health Care
Drs. Bill and Abby Cefalu are graduates of Central Catholic High School and Louisiana State University Medical School and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Drs. Bill and Abby chose to return to their hometown, Morgan City, to establish their practices. Dr. Bill Cefalu is an internal medicine doctor for Prevention Plus Clinic LLC. Dr. Abby Cefalu owns and practices at the Morgan City Veterinary Hospital. They support local schools and are involved in the community.

Dr. Alan Hoberman
Dr. Alan Hoberman and Dr. Mildred S. Christian (1942 -2009) are being recognized as St. Mary Parish’s 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy for their outstanding generosity to the community. Former owners of Shadowlawn, the antebellum mansion in Franklin, Dr. Christian left the property to the St. Mary Parish Chapter of the Louisiana Landmarks Society (SMCLLS) upon her death in 2009. Hoberman has since donated $675,000 for Shadowlawn’s maintenance and restoration.

One week remains to purchase tickets to the St. Mary Parish Foundation’s Champagne and Chocolates event recognizing the parish’s 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards recipients and role models from different industries. The deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, April 7.
The April 17 event will honor Dr. Alan Hoberman and Dr. Mildred S. Christian (1942 -2009) as St. Mary Parish’s 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy for their generous contributions to the community. Dr. Christian left Shadowlawn, an antebellum mansion, to the St. Mary Parish Chapter of the Louisiana Landmarks Society upon her death in 2009.
In 2011, Dr. Hoberman donated $500,000 to the society’s trust for an endowment for the property and pledged to pay all expenses for maintenance and restoration. To date, he has donated over $175,000 toward this pledge.
The event will also honor the inaugural 2016 St. Mary Parish role models from different industries.
The Champagne and Chocolates-themed event will be 4-6:30 p.m. April 17at Shadowlawn in Franklin.
Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Foundation at 337-769-4842.
Event proceeds will help fund the St. Mary Parish Foundation’s philanthropic activities throughout the year.
The event is sponsored by Brenda and Gregory Hamer, Sr.; Gina and Joe Sanford; and Guidry Mineral Investments, LLC and Thomson Smith & Leach Insurance Group.
The St. Mary Parish Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana and has a separate board of directors, specifically for the benefit of St. Mary Parish.
The purpose of the St. Mary Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact St. Mary Parish and to focus on enhancing the quality of life in St. Mary Parish.
Visit for a list of the local board of directors or for more information.
The role models are pictured here.

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