Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (Family Foundation), the endowment arm of Family & Youth Counseling Agency (Family & Youth), honored Employees of Lake Charles LNG, Southwest Beverage Co., Inc., and Tim and Tammy Andreas on November 15, 2018 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.
Since Lake Charles LNG’s establishment in the community they, along with their dedicated employees, have shown a commitment to give back and serve the community and environment where they are located and where their employees and their families live.
It is the employees of Lake Charles LNG who we honor today with the Philanthropist of the Year award.
Over the years the employees of Lake Charles LNG have given their time, talent, and treasure to better Southwest Louisiana. They have shown themselves to be environmental stewards through habitat restoration projects at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge as well as maintaining an environmentally friendly and compliant facility.
In 2016, Lake Charles LNG and their employees provided funds to the Calcasieu Parish School Board to develop a safe drop-off and pick-up for Prien Lake Elementary, allowing children to get to and from school away from Nelson Road.
They have partnered with SOWELA Technical Community College to introduce industry related skills classes for students who are dual enrolled through the Lake Charles Boston Academy. This initiative has provided students graduating high school with an Industry based credential that allows them to jump start their future careers.
They were a corporate sponsor for the 2017 Dragon Boat Races, which benefits CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick and the Children’s Miracle Network.
The employees of Lake Charles LNG have also been firm supporters of Family & Youth. For two years, they have been a Leading Sponsor of the Connections Count! Professional Development Conference, supporting education for professionals across Louisiana so that they may continue to serve children, youth, and families.
In addition, they have supported the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) by participating as a ‘hole sponsor’ during the Shine Flournoy Golf Tournament, providing vital funds in support of children who have alleged to have been sexually and/or severely abused and have gone to the CAC for services.
They have supported The Leadership Center for Youth’s Career Exploration initiative. The Career Exploration initiative gives high school aged youth the opportunity to experience various careers in our community first-hand with facility tours, professional speakers, and experiential activities.
The Employees of Lake Charles LNG established an endowment with Family Foundation that continues to grow because of the consistent employee contribution, and the generous agreement of Lake Charles LNG to match all contributions. Together, employees and company have created a significant legacy for the future of family services in Southwest Louisiana.
Industries that enter our community and become determined to support the community beyond providing jobs are vital to the growth and development of Southwest Louisiana. We are blessed to have so many who are dedicated to enriching and supporting the communities in which they operate and where their employees live and work. We are thankful for the employees of Lake Charles LNG’s dedication to Southwest Louisiana and their support of Family & Youth.
Southwest Beverage Co., Inc.
Southwest Beverage’s second President, Richard Marriner, had a saying, “Making friends is our business” and it is always easier to make friends when you are one, and Southwest Beverage is a true friend to the community.
Southwest Beverage began in 1954 and holds the firm belief that a thriving community is vital to success. Because of this belief, they provide community support throughout Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Leesville where they are located. They collaborate with dozens of organizations in these areas to support safe and enjoyable events.
Southwest Beverage has provided support for local organizations such as the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Lake Charles Symphony, Project Build a Future, Iowa Rabbit Festival, Junior Women’s Conference, SWLA Mardi Gras Association, USS Orleck Naval Museum, and Episcopal Day School to name a few of the many, many organizations and causes they support.
Southwest Beverage is a strong supporter of McNeese State University providing support for the MSU Banners Series, McNeese Cowboy Club, Alumni Association, and the MSU Foundation. Southwest Beverage also established a scholarship at McNeese for students pursuing a degree in engineering.
Ben Marriner began his career with the family business in 1982, taking on the role of President in 2004. Later, they moved into a new location on Broad St. as the business had grown out of its old location.
Ben serves on numerous boards in the community including the McNeese Foundation and the Board of Trustees for the Family Foundation where he is currently serving as Chair.
Southwest Beverage has invested their support in Family and Youth for numerous years, providing support for fundraising events including Tasting on the Terrace, and Derby for Dollars. In the past, they supported the Family Festival and Dinner at Mi CASA. They also open their facility for The Leadership Center for Youth’s Career Exploration initiative. Ben and his wife Molly have established an endowment with Family Foundation to perpetuate the programs and services that Family and Youth provides. They have also invested in the future of Family and Youth by providing their support to the Capital Campaign to expand services in our community.
Thanks to the leadership of Ben, the construction of the new Children’s Advocacy Center facility is slated to begin as the New Year approaches.
Tim & Tammy Andreas
Tim and Tammy Andreas are the owners of Andreas Global Asset Management here in Lake Charles. They established the business in 2013 with the determination to put clients and personal relationships back at the forefront of business. In 2018, they were honored as a Forbes Top Wealth Advisor. In addition to bringing their business to the community, they have dedicated themselves to supporting and serving it as well.
Tim has been a financial advisor since 2001. He is a member of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana. Tammy has over 20 years of Human Resources and Client Relations experience, bringing her personal touch to the business they have built together.
Together, they have co-chaired the American Heart Association’s 2009 Heart Gala, and they are both active in their church, Christian World Ministries.
They’ve supported numerous organizations and events in the community including; the SWLA Heart Ball, the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Foundation, National Day of Prayer, Smile Moore Gatsby Gala, Suites of Hope Sporting Clays, the Phillips 66 Annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for a Cure, for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Lake Area Charity Horse Show in support of the Leader in Me program.
Many of the causes they support have a special place in their hearts. After having a grandchild who was born premature in 2016, they were happy to support the 2017 Fashion Gives back event put on by Mimosa Boutique Funds raised from the event benefitted the Hand to Hold Organization, dedicated to supporting families during difficult times such as premature births.
In addition to these events, Tim and Tammy have been a top sponsor at the Triple Crown Sponsor level for two years at the Derby for Dollars event, which supports the Grief Initiative of the Shannon Cox Counseling Center. The grief initiative provides counseling and resources to children who have lost a significant loved one.
They not only give their treasure to this cause, but have given their time as well. When they meet a child in need of the vital services offered by the Shannon Cox Counseling Center, they will bring them to the facility for services themselves, truly embodying the belief of taking change into your own hands.
They have provided support to the Autism Support Alliance, a division of Family and Youth, for counseling and skills development for children affected by autism or a social skill deficit.
In 2017, Tim & Tammy came to Family and Youth with the desire to put on a Volleyball Clinic and Dinner, with all funds raised supporting The Leadership Center for Youth. Team USA Olympians Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser attended a private dinner for event sponsors and then lead a day-long clinic for high school volleyball players in the community.
Because of their support, Tim and Tammy raised vital funds to support Leadership Development, Career Exploration, and Civic Engagement initiatives for youth in Southwest Louisiana.
As if their dedication to other non-profits and worthy causes is not enough, they established a non-profit entitled ‘The Local Heart Foundation’ here in Southwest Louisiana. Experiencing the horrific effects of heart disease first hand, Tim and Tammy established the Foundation to support local heart patients with their needs, reducing some of the burden felt during such a difficult time. The Foundation held its first event “One Hot Havana Night” to great success.