Excerpts from Sunday, November 21st, 2004 article "Sunshine Foundation honors Guard Commander Landreneau", by Carol Anne and Mary of "The Advocate", a news publication serving the state of Louisiana.

Sunshine Foundation honors Guard commander Landreneau
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Carol Anne and Mary/The Advocate


Sunshine Gala

Enjoying the Sunshine for Kids Gala are, from left, author Shirley Porter, Alice and Mike Foster and Dolores and Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau.

BATON ROUGE

The Sunshine Foundation honored the Louisiana National Guard and its commander Maj. Gen Bennett C. Landreneau at the nonprofit's third annual Sunshine for Kids Gala on Nov. 10 at the Governor's Mansion.

Since 2000, members of the guard have distributed more than 350,000 copies of the foundation's "You are Sunshine" to kindergarten students in public, private and parochial schools throughout the state. The book, which was written and donated by Shirley Porter, addresses self-esteem in youngsters. In addition to distributing the book , guard members read the book to the students.

A buffet was provided by Countice Breaux of Catering by Countice in Baldwin, Tom Dill of Dillon Catering, Michael Dournit of a la carte of Lafayette, Susan Strange of Unique Cuisine, Chef K.D. of Louisiana Legends in Gonzales and Bobby and Dot Breaux of Chef Bobby & Dot Catering in Kaplan.

The even included a silent auction by Greg Walker and entertainment by "Louisiana's Zydeco Fiddling Sensation" Amanda Shaw, the Reginald Sanders Jazz Trio, Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Jennifer Soileau and a chorus of French immersion students from South Boulevard Immersion Academic Magnet School.

Sally Burdette and Debbie Broussard co-chaired the gala committee of Ann Carmouche, Carl Burdette, Denny Chustz, Russell Gaspard, Liz Hampton, Nedra Ourso Loftin, Charlotte McGarr, Jan Pourciau, Guy Recotta, Mike Rood, Irene Shepherd, Carol Ann Sunichrast. Mike Wade and Porter.

Sponsors were Gulf States Health Services, Inc.; Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello; SLEMCO; Dwight and Medra Andrus; Wally Broussard; Chevron Texaco; ConocoPhillips; Crescent River Port Pilots' Association; Ken and Kathy Entes; ExxonMobil; First Guaranty Bank; Alice and Mike Foster.

Liz Hampton, Hibernia Bank; F.M. Hood & Associates; Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Louisiana Independent Oil & Gas Association; Louisiana Lottery Corp.; Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association; and Alvin and Pat Smith.

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