Acadiana briefs for June 13, 2014

Five local legislators will join the Acadiana Press Club on Monday for a review of the 2014 legislative session.

The forum begins at noon in The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

Confirmed forum panelists are Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and Reps. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, and Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette.

The panelists will discuss the session’s legislative impact on Acadiana.

Lunch will be available for purchase from The Bus Stop food truck, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to grab lunch before the forum starts.

The Press Club also will take nominations for board members and officers during the meeting. Nominations will be accepted only from members who are current with their membership dues. Voting is scheduled during the July 21 forum.

For more information, visit www.acadiana pressclub.org.

United Way gears up for Day of Action

The United Way of Acadiana is mobilizing volunteers for its annual Day of Action on June 20.

The communitywide event aims to get citizens to “create lasting change in education, earnings and essentials” by organizing volunteering events around Acadiana.

“Day of Action is an opportunity for Acadiana to make positive changes that influence all through meaningful service opportunities, in a single day,” said Keler Williams, director of volunteer mobilization, in a news release.

“United Way of Acadiana and its partners invite everyone to join the movement and be part of the change we all want to see in our communities, not just on one day, but every day,” Williams said.

Opportunities to volunteer include helping with a school supply and uniform drive, reading to children, assisting in putting on a field day to promote exercise and performing community cleanup projects.

To register or find more information, visit www.unitedwayofacadiana.org or contact Williams at 337-706-1234.

Raffle ending Sept. 10 benefits CFA

Tickets are on sale for the Acadiana Mega Raffle, benefiting the Community Foundation of Acadiana, with a $500,000 grand prize.

Other prizes include vehicles, boats, jewelry and house and outdoor items. A total of 30,000 tickets will be on sale until Sept. 10.

“The Acadiana Mega Raffle is an opportunity for people in Acadiana and beyond to support and strengthen philanthropy in our region,” said Raymond Hebert, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana, in a news release. “This is unlike any other raffle in our area and provides a 1-in-30 chance of winning. Regardless of who wins the grand prize, philanthropy will win big.”

The foundation, which focuses on the Acadiana region, is using the raffle to raise funds for its philanthropic endeavors. The CFA has attracted a total of $128 million in gifts and $68 million in donor-directed grant distributions so far.

Tickets are $100 and are available online at www.acadianamegaraffle.com.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau

Editor’s note: This article was changed on Friday, June 13, to reflect that tickets for the raffle benefiting the Community Foundation of Acadiana are on sale until Sept. 10.