For the person who has everything, the gift of giving is a heartfelt alternative. The Community Foundation of Acadiana makes it easy to find a local non-profit or charity organization that is the perfect fit. The foundation’s Giving Back catalog features needs from 39 nonprofit organizations from throughout Acadiana and it mirrors the Community Foundation of Acadiana’s vision, to match donors with needs in the parishes it serves. Opportunities to support the organizations listed are varied. Donors can buy a tank of gas for a field trip to the Children’s Museum ($60), a fruit tree or two for a school garden ($50), or provide 5 days of shelter from domestic violence ($188). The catalogue has just been posted on line, which makes giving not only rewarding, but as easy as the click of a mouse. In this busy season, that’s a gift to the giver as well. For more information, call the Foundation’s offices at 266-2145.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.