News Release

Fourth Annual Project Front Yard Awards
Posted: 9/11/2017 9:00 AM
 

IBERIABANK and the Lafayette Mayor-President’s Office call for nominations for the Fourth Annual Project Front Yard (PFY) Awards. The awards are given annually to recognize individuals and organizations in Lafayette who are working to improve the face of the community.
 
Nominations will be accepted in four categories: Best in Cleanliness, Best in Beautification, Best in Education and Overall Best Project Front Yard Effort. 
 
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said, “There are so many organizations and individuals who work tirelessly to improve the face of Lafayette Parish, not for the recognition, but because they are passionate about  creating a cleaner and more beautiful community. These are exactly the types of nominations we hope to receive.”
 
PFY partner IBERIABANK will host the Awards Ceremony on October 5, 2017 to honor the winners. "Project Front Yard works to make Lafayette a more beautiful place, and IBERIABANK is honored to highlight those who are making that happen," says Jerry Vascocu, IBERIABANK Acadiana President.
 
To be eligible, individual nominees must either live or work in Lafayette Parish and organizations for nomination must be located within Lafayette Parish. The nomination deadline is September 22, 2017. More details including the 2017 Project Front Yard Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms can be found at www.projectfrontyard.com.
 


During the Third Annual Ceremony in October of 2016, four awards were given to individuals and organizations that embody the mission of Project Front Yard:  
 
  • Best in Cleanliness was presented to Cristy Savoie and Lance Strother for their flood recovery efforts with Saint Thomas More High School. These two individuals, with the support of their STM family, worked diligently to get homes ready 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 June Faul for her efforts in revitalizing the Historic Azalea Trail. Because of Faul’s efforts, more than 200 azaleas have been planted 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 history of the trail from the 1930s until today.
  • Best in Education was presented to local business owners Jeremy Broussard with Engel & Voelkers and Levi Kastner with Liberty Mutual. Broussard and Kastner were instrumental in supporting PFY’s annual Plastic Bag Roundup. Thanks to their support, the project collected more than 11,000 pounds of plastic bags from 29 area elementary and middle schools during the 2016-2017 school year. The collected plastic bags from the project are remanufactured into a plastic and wood composite decking material.
  • Best Overall Project Front Yard Effort was presented to CGI as an integral business partner and sponsor of several community projects focused on cleanliness, beautification and education including: electronic waste recycling, Festival International’s “Geaux Green” initiative, litter cleanups, the 24 Hour Citizen Project, and the Vermilion River story mapping. CGI has embraced the spirit of PFY through these and many other activities and is a critical corporate partner in the Lafayette community that donates their resources, both in-kind and monetary, as well as the resources of their members.