Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (Family Foundation), the endowment arm of Family & Youth Counseling Agency (Family & Youth), honored Center for Orthopaedics, Martha Core & Clodile Romero, Callie Doucet and Wallace Myers on November 5, 2019 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.
Center for Orthopaedics
Center for Orthopaedics is the region’s largest independent musculoskeletal group, offering a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services for patients of all ages in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. They were founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1994, but it was the opening of their new office in 2009, with just four physicians on staff that marked a new beginning for Center for Orthopaedics and provided the foundation for their current level of growth and expansion. Today, Center for Orthopaedics has grown to serve all of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas and includes 11 doctors in several specialty areas, three locations and a large support staff of physician assistants, nurse specialists, technicians and office personnel.
Another important factor in Center for Orthopaedics growth is their strong and deep connection to this region. All of their doctors were born and raised in Louisiana. They received the training needed for their areas of specialization and brought that expertise home to Southwest Louisiana. As a group, they are committed not just to Center for Orthopaedics, but to the community they serve.
Since it’s founding in 1994. the doctors of Center for Orthopaedics (CFO) have made giving back to the community they serve a priority.
Providing care for McNeese and area high school athletes is a big commitment for the group. They put doctors and trainers on the field to make sure immediate, experienced sports medicine care is available to injured athletes. In addition to sports medicine services, CFO supports McNeese in many other ways, from being involved with the Alumni organization to fundraisers for the Foundation and Sports Foundation.
Education and the youth of our community are a big factor of CFO’s philanthropic focus. The doctors have supported numerous projects for area schools and educational programs, including the EDS capital campaign, St. Nicholas Center, ICCS, multiple high school sponsorships, Special Olympics, Fashion Gives Back and Mad Hot Ballroom which benefits Dancing Classrooms. Several of the doctors at CFO have participated in this celebrity dancing competition – and won awards!
A CFO doctor was a founding member of the Calcasieu Medical Society foundation, which launched the very successful Black Tie Affair fundraiser for the Community Clinic at a time when financial support was critical for this service. Today, the group continues to support the Wine Down fundraiser for the Clinic.
Multiple other community organizations – including Family and Youth – across Southwest Louisiana have benefitted from the generosity and direct involvement of Center for Orthopaedics and their staff.
Martha Core & Clodile Romero
Martha Core is a Lake Charles native who has a passion for serving others. Having Retired from West Cal Cam Hospital in 2016, Martha spent 48 years as a nurse at various facilities in the Lake Area, her most fulfilling times were spent in the critical care and cardiology departments.
She has 3 children and is the proud grandmother to 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Being a caregiver has always been in her heart. It’s something that began as a young girl while caring for her grandparents, then on to becoming a nurse. Through the years, she has always been available to help others with their daily needs. Whether it was cooking them a meal, transporting them to doctor’s visits, or being part of their support system by spending quality time with them as a friend. She puts others before herself and truly defines what it means to be selfless.
Not only does Martha give to the ones she loves, but she gives to our community as well. Some of the benefactors of her generosity are Salvation Army, Wounded Warriors, P.E.O. (a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women), American Family Association, Feed the Hungry, Samaritan Purse, DeWanna’s Closet, Family & Youth supporting the CASA Division, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and Family Foundation’s Annual eGala Online Silent Auction.
As a member of Church of the King and Trinity Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir, Martha is always willing to participate in ministry outreach activities.
When she finds time for herself she enjoys travelling, gardening, cooking, sewing, playing cards, and getting together with family & friends.
Clodile Romero is also a Lake Charles native. His family came from an agricultural background, where his grandfather grew rice and raised cattle.
Clo began his professional career at Coburn’s Supply as a truck driver, moved through the ranks in sales, and retired as General Manager. Having served 57 years with the company, he continues to serve as a board member. A co-worker best describes Clo as a ‘man who was not only available to help you, but available to help you understand.’
Clo has always had a desire and passion to “Pay It Forward”. He realizes that there is a need in our community to help others, and because he is now in a position to give back, he can fulfill his desire to pay it forward. Not only has he given back to Southwest Louisiana, but we want to thank him for serving our country in the United States Army.
Clo understands the meaning of hard work, dedication, and giving back. Because of these qualities, he knows he is able to Pay It Forward to help those in need. His generosity has benefited Salvation Army, Trinity Baptist Church, McNeese State University Foundation, Family & Youth in support of the CASA Division, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and Family Foundation’s Capital Campaign as a lead donor.
He has traveled extensively, has a love for dove hunting, enjoys gardening, watching football and baseball, playing cards with his friends, and always enjoys a good meal with friends and family.
Callie Doucet & Wallace Meyers
Callie Doucet is a graduate from McNeese State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Today, Callie Doucet is an assistant to the Maintenance Manager at LyondellBasell and is currently in training to take on the role of Human Resources Generalist.
During her time in high school, Callie was very active in The Leadership Center for Youth (TLC) and says that TLC has made a significant impact on her life. She has stated that TLC has given her invaluable personal and professional skills by participating in programs that helped shape her career path, taught her how to interact in professional settings, and gave her networking opportunities. She participated in the Civic Engagement Institute, Service Learning Projects, Youth Advisory Council, Legislative Chamber Day, and was also selected to travel to Washington DC where she met with congressional leaders.
In 2018, Family & Youth received a generous grant from LyondellBasell, lead by Callie’s leadership, it went all the way to the top. The funds from this grant went directly to the Leadership Center for Youth to help continue to provide guidance, leadership development, career exploration, and civic engagement opportunities to youth in our area. The funds from this grant also supported Family Foundation’s Capital Campaign, which is expanding Family & Youth’s facilities by more than 7,000 sq ft. to better serve children, youth, and families in SWLA.
Because of Callie, and her passion to make a difference in our community and give back to a program that gave her so much, The Leadership Center and Family and Youth are able to continue to provide life changing services and programs to those in the community.
Wallace Meyers comes from a family of small business owners, farmers, and lifelong industrial workers. He understands the importance of work ethic, commitment, and determination. He was raised in Southwest Louisiana and in 2015 received his real estate license. Today, Wallace is continuing to build his mega real estate business, The Wallace Myers Group, with models to expand around the country.
He has served on the Louisiana State Legislative Council in Baton Rouge from 2011-2015 and served as the council president from 2014-2015. During this time he worked to draft bills for the legislature, fix common sense problems, and work to implement laws that deliver a positive outcome to the citizens of Louisiana. Wallace was also very active in The Leadership Center for Youth where he participated in Leadership Development, Career Exploration, Civic Engagement, Youth Advisory Council, Legislative Chamber Day, and was also selected for the Washington DC trip. He says that TLC helped him understand the importance of building relationships and reinforced positive values that he has brought with him to his career.
Having learned about the need of a building expansion of Family & Youth, Wallace eagerly made a commitment to give back to an organization that gave him so much. In 2018 Wallace pledged $10,000 to Family Foundation’s Capital Campaign so that he could be a part of helping Family & Youth continue to serve the community of Southwest Louisiana.