Charlotte Bourgeois was presented with the Louisiana Housing Alliance’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her dedication to creating affordable housing for all Louisianians over more than 30 years.

Bourgeois recently retired as executive director of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers. She served from 2006 to 2009 as chief operating officer of Providence Community Housing, a nonprofit community development corporation in New Orleans that focuses on affordable housing development, homeownership and supportive services.


Richard Lipsey, chairman of firearms distributor Lipsey’s, was awarded the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the shooting sports industry spanning five decades.

Lipsey was recognized as an advocate providing philanthropic support and resources to shooting sports, hunting conservation, youth programs and many health and wellness-related causes outside of the industry.


The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association presented its Pelican Award to BP America Vice President Luke Keller and its Blue Heron Award to state Sen. Robert Adley and state Rep. Gordon Dove.

The Pelican Award recognizes a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the industry and made significant contributions to the community and state. BP was cited for its dedication to STEM education and workforce development, including investing $4 million in an offshore training facility at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma.

Adley and Dove were recognized for their efforts to address the compatibility of the oil and gas industry with environmental progress, especially in handling legislation dealing with site remediation and coastal restoration.

Three Louisiana farmers have been chosen for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction:

Jimmy Hoppe, of Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, is being recognized for his long-running work and accomplishments in rice farming and his advocacy of sustainable practices and efficient use of resources.

Lucien Laborde, of Hamburg, Avoyelles Parish, a veteran farmer with more than 50 years in the industry, is being honored for his work in cattle and seed farming. He is known as a strong soil, water and wildlife conservationist.

Edwards Barham, of Oak Ridge, Morehouse Parish, is being honored posthumously for contributions with cotton, rice, corn and soybean farming and his dedication to conservation and higher education.

The distinction is presented collectively by Louisiana Radio Network, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and LSU AgCenter.

A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. March 5 at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge.