The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission this week awarded $160,000 in Visitor Enterprise Grants to 20 Lafayette Parish civic, cultural and economic-development organizations at an awards luncheon held in, of all places, St. Martin Parish.
Recipients range from Acadian Village and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Upper Lafayette Economic Foundation. LCVC has been awarding VE Grants since 1997; to date the commission has handed out more than $2.2 million. Grant recipients are designated via a committee review process. State Sen. Mike Michot, R-Lafayette, was on hand at the luncheon to distribute the grants.
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.