A ticket to Friday’s Acadiana Cane Cutters game will help the Lafayette Little League Challenger Team travel to the upcoming Little League World Series.

The Challenger Team is one of two in the country invited to represent the 30,000 special-needs players in the international league.

The Cane Cutters are scheduled to play the Brazos Valley (Texas) Bombers at 7 p.m., and the Challenger team members will be introduced.

Tickets for Challenger Day at Fabacher Field are $8, and if purchased from a Challenger parent, half of the ticket cost will be directed toward the Challenger team’s travel expenses to the Little League World Series next month in South Williamsport, Pa.

Cane Cutters tickets may be purchased directly from a Challenger parent or by contacting: info@lafayettechallenger.com; or by calling Coach Bryan Moliason at (337) 258-5078 or Tim Basden at (337) 288-6514.

Donations are also being accepted through the team’s website: http://www.lafayettechallenger.com.

Businessman wins award

American Pollution Control Corporation President Kirk Headley was named the winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Area Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the environmental category last month.

Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Kirk will move on to the National Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Palm Springs, Calif., in November.

AMPOL was the first privately owned contractor to own and operate a fleet of oil-spill response vessels as well as the first oil-spill response organization to own a manufacturing of spill-response products.

Competitive grant cycle

Applications are being accepted for the first of three grant cycles for the Iberia Parish Tourism Community Development Fund.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15 from organizations interested in applying for Tourism Marketing Grants and Tourism Product Development Grants.

A workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia.

The fund was established with dollars allocated for Iberia Parish from the BP Louisiana Tourism Recovery Fund. Grantees will be notified by Sept. 15.

Anyone with questions should contact Linda Dautreuil at (337) 769–4843 or email her at ldautreuil@cfacadiana.org.

To download an application, visit http://cfacadiana.org/Iberia. A requirement of the grant is to have a completed DONORSENSE profile, http://www.donorsense.org.

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