Three from area named Angel Award recipients
Dustin LaFont and Tanja Foil, of Baton Rouge, and Kristen Maddox, of Denham Springs, are among the nine recipients of the 2015 Angel Award by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.
LaFont founded Front Yard Bikes in Baton Rouge in 2010. Front Yard Bikes teaches young children to earn a bike through hard work. If kids repair or restore a bike in the Front Yard Bikes shop, they are working to earn it. LaFont uses his experience as a teacher to educate children on math, physics and mechanics while repairing bikes. Front Yard Bikes also provides weekly group rides and extracurricular activities.
Since 2011, Foil has volunteered and supported Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for children with disabilities and their families. Foil also helps coordinate the annual Active for Autism 5K and Family Fun Fest and helps facilitate the Attic Trash and Treasure Sale, which raised a record $94,000 this year for Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. Foil is recognized as this year’s Blue Angel for her efforts outside her daily work as an employee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Her organization will receive a $5,000 grant.
Maddox founded A Door of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization in Denham Springs that helps its clients break the cycle of abuse, addiction, eating disorders, depression, past abortions or self-harm. A Door of Hope provides free counseling and other support services. Inspired by Maddox’s own experiences, A Door of Hope works to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young women in the community.
Hurst KC Auxiliary holds bake-taste contest
The Maynard Hurst Kaycee Auxiliary held its bake-taste contest Sept. 10 at the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Parish Activity Center.
Ellen Falgoust won the cake category, Shirley Bonaccorso and Margaret Mannino finished second and third. Cheryll Thomas won the pie category, and Bonaccorso and Verlyne LeBlanc finished second and third.
Teenie Bajon, Vicky LaHaye and Mannino were chairwomen. Emeline Desselles, Gay Montealegre and Ronnie Cragin were judges.
Boyd-Ewing Legion Post installs new officers
Boyd-Ewing American Legion Post 58 installed 2015-16 officers Sept. 14 at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center: Commander Bob Benedict, First Vice Commander Jerald Juneau, Second Vice Commander Denver Loupe, Adjutant Terril Faul, Finance Officer/Treasurer Ted Grant, Chaplain Jack Bagent and Judge Advocate Franklin Foil Jr.
Sixth District Commander Robert Stephenson and Vice Commander Wilbert August led the installation.
Cliff Vannoy, president of the LSU Alumni Association, welcomed members. State Rep. Franklin Foil spoke about the 2015 legislative session.
Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.