The holidays provided the perfect opportunity to thank some of our fellow Baton Rougeans for their efforts in making our city a better place.

Spirit of volunteerism

Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center took a moment to honor several volunteers with three of its most prestigious awards, named in memory of individuals who supported cancer patients through their volunteer leadership. Joining Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation board chairwoman Donna Saurage and Executive Director Todd Stevens in making the presentations were family members of the awards' namesakes.

Jay Campbell, who served on the center's board for 10 years and on the foundation for six, received the Hillar C. Moore Jr. Memorial Outstanding Leadership Award. It was presented by Steven, Michael and Hillar Moore III. In an interesting note, Campbell also succeeded Moore as CEO of Associated Grocers after working with him side-by-side for 19 years.

Blanchard Sanchez Jr. received the Louis D. Curet Volunteer Fundraiser Award, presented by Jeanne Curet James and husband David. This award recognizes an individual, organization or foundation that has launched or led a significant philanthropic effort in support of the center. Since 2004, Blanchard has personally engaged hundreds of individuals in Mary Bird's mission through his work on the foundation board and joint development committee.

The D. Jensen Holliday Memorial Community Service Award, which is presented to an individual whose "vision and dedication to the greater good of the community has made a sustained and measurable difference in the fight against cancer in the region," was presented to Ashley Walker Ferguson by Julie Crifasi and Chris Lanata. Ferguson created Dose of the Coast, which provides fishing trips and sunset cruises to cancer patients and their families through a network of charter boat captains as a tribute to her late father, Don Walker.

Dose of the Coast: A daughter's act of love turns into a prescription to help patients

"Your strong desire to help patients, their families, friends and caregivers sets you apart, and we can't thank you enough … All of you are inspirational," concluded center board chairman Bill O'Quin.

Forty Under 40

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the L'Auberge Event Center on Dec. 6 to celebrate a group of young men and women "making the Capital Region a better place to live, work and play."

Business Report's 2017 Forty Under 40 honorees included Kurt Ainsworth, Krista Allen, Ryan André, Jeremy Aydell, Prescott Bailey, David Balhoff, Jenny Ballard, Branden Barker, Zane Bell, Trent Bondy, Allison Bookman, Franz Borghardt, Dr. J. Casey Chapman, Tristi Charpentier, Tokesha Collins-Wright, Rudy Comeaux, Kyle K. Cook, Jeremy Couvillion, Ryann Denham and Carroll Devillier Jr.

Also, Tom Easterly, Jonas Fontenot, Jessica Gagliano, Katie Gibbons, Hanna Green, Nathan Haymer, Mathew Laborde, Jeremy Langlois, Andrew Lopez, David Mullens II, Kenny Nguyen, Dianna Payton, Gunjan Raina, Lionel Rainey III, Mary Raven, Donney Rose, Alexandra Rouse, April Ruffolo, Melissa Thompson and Natalie Wood.

Follow Pam Bordelon on Twitter, @pamspartyline.