W. Feliciana drug, alcohol council wins Entergy grant _lowres

Photo provided by Luanne Vacarro -- The West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council of the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office gather Dec. 3 to receive an Entergy Open Grant for $5,000. At the check presentation ceremony at the council's annual appreciation luncheon, from left, are Sheriff J. Austin Daniel; Ivy Cutrer, council director; Mark Givens, of Entergy; and Luanne Vaccaro.

The West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council has received a $5,000 Entergy Open Grant.

Luanne Vaccaro, of the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the grant will help fund motivational speakers’ visits to community and parish schools functions, enabling the council to participate in events such as the Angola Rodeo, annual Summer Fun Day, SADD clubs at West Feliciana Middle and High schools, school open houses, and health and transition fairs to help high school students transition to college and career pathways.

Based at the Sheriff’s Office, former Chief Deputy Ivy Cutrer, who formed the council 30 years ago, and Vaccaro work each week on the council’s activities, its programs and upcoming events, Vaccaro said.

“It started small and continued to grow over the years,” Vaccaro said. “We do a lot in the community and in the schools, and each year, Entergy gives generously to the WFP Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council.”

Mark Givens, of Entergy, presented the check Dec. 3 to Cutrer and Vaccaro.

The donation is a token of Entergy’s much larger, active commitment to the community displayed through the engagement in opportunities to be a positive influence in the lives of young children, Givens said.