'Alyce in Bayouland' party honors donors, supporters of Lafayette Public Library Foundation

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The Lafayette Public Library Foundation is hosting an "Alyce in Bayouland" themed party for its annual celebration June 10, where the foundation will present awards to some of its major donors.

The dress-up cocktail party will also feature Jillian Dickerson from the Lafayette Better Business Bureau, who will discuss the importance of libraries to the social atmosphere and culture of a community, as well as the area's economy.

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The dinner will be at the Palmetto Club, 301 Heymann Boulevard in the Oil Center. Tickets cost $35. The dinner will include hors d'oeurves and light dining from local restaurants, door prizes, raffles, basket auctions and a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at lplfoundation.org/alyce.

During the event, the foundation will present the Major Donor Award to Alverta Hasling and Flossie Turner on behalf of the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library. The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library has raised more than $1 million in donations during its semi-annual book sales over the last 40 years.

The foundation is also giving Carol Trosclair its Foundation Award. Trosclair, a petroleum landman, has served on the foundation's board for the last six years, serving a term as vice president, and has worked to enlarge the foundation's endowment, the group said in a release.

Trosclair has also served on the board for the Association of Professional Landmen and Keep Lafayette Beautiful and is a member of the Lafayette Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Women of Wisdom. She has also aggressively raised money for the UL Foundation and the David Trosclair Memorial Scholarship in Kinesiology, which is given in honor of her son.

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The President's Award will be given to Joan Wingate, who has been working to support the library system for decades, the foundation said in a release. She has served in numerous capacities, including being the president for Lafayette Loves Libraries and a senior member of the Library Board of Control.

The foundation will also introduce its incoming officers and board members for the 2022-2023 term. The officers are:

  • President - Joseph N. Abraham

  • Vice President - John Valdetero

  • Treasurer - Andrew Duhon

  • Recording Secretary - Claire Thibodaux

  • Corresponding Secretary - Tammy Domingue

  • Immediate Past President - Joan Savoy

The newly elected board members include:

  • UL Education Associate Professor Christine Briggs

  • KLFY Sales ManagerAngélique Brown

  • Attorney and former educator Peggy Giglio

  • Owner of Sivarco Group Consulting Ravis Martinez

  • Writer and graphic artist Lynette Mejía

  • Retired U.S. Army Veteran Nureaka Ross

  • Louisiana Director/Publisher of Decided Excellence Catholic Media John Wilson

The new members will be joining Dr. Aeve Abington-Pitre, Kisharra Angelety, Melanie Brevis, Kermit Duhon, Robert Jarred, Dr. Christie Maloyed, and ex-officio member, Lafayette Public Libraries Director Danny Gillane.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the semi-annual book sale raised $1 million this year. That amount was raised over 40 years, but the milestone was reached in 2022.

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