Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (Family Foundation), the endowment arm of Family & Youth Counseling Agency (Family & Youth), honored Dr. Stuart & Blanche Landry, Doug & Gay Gehrig, and G2X Energy on March 15, 2016 during the Philanthropy Celebration and Awards Breakfast, presented by Entergy, at L’Auberge Casino Resort, for giving their time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana.
Dr. Stuart & Blanche Landry
The Landry’s have been prominent members of the community of SWLA for many years. Through the years their contributions and services to others have touched the lives of hundreds of residents in Southwest Louisiana. To the Landry’s no need is too big or too small.
Even in their education, both Dr. Stuart and Blanche showed a dedication to helping others. Dr. Stuart Landry studied Adolescent Medicine at Louisiana State University of Medicine in New Orleans and Blanche Landry studied Medical Technology at McNeese State University here in Lake Charles.
The Landry’s spend much of their free time giving back to their community in both volunteer hours and in donations. Blanche volunteers for Catholic Charities, a national organization dedicated to serving communities and helping those in need. Through Catholic Charities Blanche coordinates their food pantry and the Adopt a Family at Christmas Program, the couple also adopts multiple families each year through the program. The Landry’s also assist senior citizens at Tower Oaks, and help families with special needs. Dr. Stuart has volunteered his time as a soccer coach and together the two have hosted baptismal prep classes at Our Lady Queen of Heaven and at St. Martin de Porres.
The Landry’s support a number of initiatives and organizations in Lake Charles. They are also Friends of the Family and hold an endowment with the Family Foundation. They have participated in many of Family & Youth’s events including Dinner at Mi CASA, a night to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Tasting on the Terrace, a wine tasting event hosted by L’Auberge in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Dr. Stuart and Blanche also participate in the eGala Online Auction which raises funds to perpetuate Family & Youth’s programs.
Doug & Gay Gehrig
Doug Gehrig and his wife, Gay, strongly believe in supporting the community you live and work in. Together the couple has worked side by side to grow their business—all ten of which sport the golden double arches we all know so well—and to give back to the community, ensuring they are giving back not only through contributions and donations, but by bolstering the economy as well.
Together, the Gehrigs not only provide jobs and opportunities to 600 plus employees, creating an economic impact of millions of dollars a year for Southwest Louisiana, but they give back to the community in other ways as well. The Gehrigs believe that a healthy and thriving community comes from doing all you can for local charitable causes. The Gehrigs support McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. They have also given their support to over 90 local organizations and initiatives such as; Live at the Lakefront, the Lake Area McDonald’s Athletic Scholarship to support athletes in need, the Calcasieu Soccer Club, Whistle Stop, Abraham’s Tent and other local food pantries, the Arts & Humanities Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Children’s Museum, and The Quality of Life Fund, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Gehrig’s community involvement.
McDonalds was a sponsor of Family & Youth’s Family Festival from 2005 until the last year of the festival in 2013. The Gehrigs also have an endowment with the Family Foundation and have participated in numerous Family & Youth events such as Derby for Dollars, Tasting on the Terrace, and many of the awards breakfasts such as this one.
G2X Energy has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities where their employees live and work. In 2013 they chose Lake Charles, LA as the site of their newest facility—a gasoline facility that upon completion will add 2,500 direct jobs to Southwest Louisiana. Once the site for the facility was chosen back in 2013, G2X Energy representatives began making Lake Charles, LA a better place to live and work for themselves, their employees, and their community by contributing to their future home through donations, volunteer hours, and events.
In 2013 G2X Energy partnered with Family & Youth Counseling Agency to host the annual FISH-O-RAMA Family Fishing Tournament to benefit the divisions and initiatives of Family & Youth. Now in its third year, the Tournament raised over $50,000 in the fall of 2015 thanks to the over 200 men, women, and children who participated in the event and the generous community partners of G2X.
G2X took the initiative to engage multiple organizations including Brown & Root, OneTeam Workforce Staffing, Chicago Building and Iron Company, Magnolia LNG, Port of Lake Charles, Southwestern Chemical Corporation, Stream Wetland Services, MKC contracting, and United Rentals in their 2015 FISH-O-RAMA Tournament to connect these organizations with the needs in our community.
G2X Energy holds a large endowment with the Family Foundation, and aside from all they have done for Family & Youth and the Family Foundation, G2X Energy has also joined the Propeller Club, and is a sponsor and member of the CCA Trout Shoot Out. They have also invested thousands of dollars in the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana for annual support of local non-profits.
G2X Energy is a young company in Lake Charles but they have been well established in Houston for many years, and so their community giving in Houston is extensive… over 14 different organizations and initiatives have benefited from their dedication to bettering their communities. This includes the Texas Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Museum, the Conoco Phillips Rodeo Run, the National MS Society, and the Lone Star College System Foundation among several others.
G2X Energy has shown a dedication to Lake Charles, LA from the moment they chose to make our home, their home. Already they have made great moves to better Southwest Louisiana and we are looking forward to seeing all their great works in the future.