Photo provided by JENNIGER DEFRANCES -- Ascension Fund honors Wells -- Ascension Fund President Donald Songy, right, presents an Outstanding Service Award to Past President Buddy Wells, center, during a meeting Nov. 6. At left is Ascension Fund Executive Director Jennifer deFrances.

During its regular meeting Nov. 6, Ascension Fund President Donald Songy presented an Outstanding Service Award to Past President Buddy Wells.

“Wells joined the Ascension Fund board in 2007 and served as the board president from 2012-14,” Songy said. “During his presidency, the fund awarded $100,000 in grant awards to teachers and schools in the Ascension Parish Public School System and hosted two successful years of their annual Ascension Idol competition and fundraiser.

“His dedication to the mission of the Ascension Fund was further solidified when he and his wife established a $10,000 endowment that will fund a Teacher Grant each and every year.”

Founded in 1991 with a mission to enhance public education in Ascension Parish, the Ascension Fund has awarded more than $1.3 million, representing approximately 1,100 grants to date. The grants, which range from $500 to $1,000 for Teacher Grants or $2,500 for School Impact Grants, are awarded annually on a competitive basis.

For more information or to make a donation to the Ascension Fund, visit or contact Executive Director Jennifer deFrances at (225) 290-3322.