LAFAYETTE, LA – On October 6, 2016, IBERIABANK’s downtown Lafayette headquarters hosted the third annual Project Front Yard Awards.
As a part of their ongoing commitment to Project Front Yard’s mission of improving the face of the community, IBERIABANK partnered once again to celebrate honorees at the event. The awards are given annually to recognize individuals and organizations in Lafayette for their efforts in community beautification.
According to Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, “Project Front Yard is thrilled to highlight those who work tirelessly to improve our community’s appearance. By sharing the hard work, the results and the enthusiasm for a cleaner and more beautiful community, we hope others are inspired to be a part of the movement. While we still have a long way to go, the Project Front Yard awards celebrate and honor those who are already doing it right.”
“We are excited to have been at the start of a new tradition that continues to recognize and celebrate those in our community who are doing the right thing to create a beautiful Lafayette,” said Jerry Vascocu, IBERIABANK Acadiana President. “We look forward to new endeavors being launched and are excited about our community’s future!”
Four winners were announced, which included individuals, community groups and businesses:
- Best Overall Project Front Yard Effort was presented to CGI. Since Project Front Yard’s inception, CGI has been an integral business partner and has supported several projects that focus on cleanliness, beautification and education including: Electronic waste recycling, Festival International’s “Geaux Green” initiative, litter clean ups, civicside’s 24 hour citizen project and the 3D interactive, touchscreen Bayou Vermilion paddle trail map, created in partnership with Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association and Bayou Vermilion District, now on display at the Lafayette Science Museum. CGI has embraced the spirit of Project Front Yard and through these activities they have proven to be an excellent partner that shares their resources with the community in which they reside, including in-kind, financial and the human resources of their members.
- Best in Cleanliness was presented to Cristy Savoie and Lance Strother with St. Thomas More High School (STM) for their flood recovery efforts. These two individuals, with the support of their STM family, worked diligently prepare flood-ravaged homes for reconstruction. Through their inspiring leadership, students were able to directly witness how collective effort and service to others can benefit the larger community.
- Best in Beautification was presented to the Azalea Trail, spearheaded by June Faul, for the group’s efforts in revitalizing the Historic Azalea Trail. Due to their their leadership, more than 200 azaleas have been installed along the 22 mile trail, Lafayette was named an “Azalea City” by the Azalea Society of America and an archive manual was created for historical record keeping of the trail from the 1930s until today.
- Best in Education was presented to local businesses Engel & Voelkers and Liberty Mutual for “Plastic Bag Roundup.” The businesses, represented by Jeremy Broussard and Levi Kastner respectively, have been instrumental in the success of Project Front Yard’s annual Plastic Bag Roundup, which resulted in recycling more than 11,000 pounds of plastic bags collected by 29 area schools last year alone.
The awards ceremony also provided the stage for the unveiling of the restyled awards, the “Golden Gnome,” designed and created by the Lafayette Science Museum.
All 2016 award recipients were nominated through a community-wide, open submission process. The honorees’ families, friends, colleagues and those who nominated them attended the ceremony to celebrate the recipients and their contributions to creating a cleaner, more beautiful Lafayette. See the photos of the recipients at www.projectfrontyard.com.
Since its launch in September of 2014, the community-wide beautification initiative has enjoyed positive attention and picked up regional momentum, being adopted in Acadia, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes.