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LRA Education Foundation Announces 2014 Leadership

Media Contact:
Erica Papillion Burns
Director of Communications
Louisiana Restaurant Association
(504) 454-2277, ext. 569

LRA Education Foundation Announces 2014 Leadership

Board of Directors to guide Foundation's mission in the new year


Metairie, LA- The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is pleased to announce its 2014 Board of Directors, which will oversee the goals and mission of the LRAEF.

The LRAEF, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the philanthropic arm of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and exists to enhance our community through expanded educational and career opportunities, the formation of strategic partnerships and the elevation of the restaurant industry's professional standards and practices.

The Board of Directors is also responsible for distributing the LRAEF's scholarship funds that it gifts annually to students pursuing a culinary education. Since 2010, the LRAEF Scholarship Fund has awarded $140,000 to 54 students.

The 2014 LRAEF Board of Directors' new member is Chauncey Davis, with Ben E. Keith in Sulphur.

He is joining current members:

  • Helen LeBourgeois, Chair- TLC Linen Services, New Orleans
  • Lenny Raymond, Vice Chair- Ben E. Keith
  • Donna Stephenson, Secretary/Treasurer- ATMOS Energy, Monroe
  • Fabian Castillo, Immediate Past Chair- La Casa Del Sol in Houma & Thibodaux
  • John Eastman, Industry Representative- Auto-Chlor Services, Jefferson
  • Bruce Attinger, LRA Chair- Outback Steakhouse, Baton Rouge
  • Dwight Barnes- Crescent Crown Distributing, New Orleans
  • Lucien Gunter- Acme Oyster House, Metairie
  • Octavio Mantilla- Besh Restaurant Group, New Orleans
  • Peter Sclafani- Ruffino's Restaurant & Ruffino's on the River, Baton Rouge & Lafayette

"The LRAEF is excited to begin another great year with our dedicated board members," said LRAEF Executive Director Alice Glenn. "Our directors volunteer countless hours throughout their tenure to the advancement of the Foundation and we are so very grateful."

The LRAEF would like to thank its Partners, whose financial assistance makes its programs a reality: 5 Diamond- Auto-Chlor Services, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Acme Oyster House and Louisiana Seafood; 4 Diamond- Performance Foodservice Caro; 3 Diamond- Louisiana Culinary Institute, ATMOS Energy, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience and Drago's Seafood Restaurant; 2 Diamond- Louisiana Gas Association, Chef Paul Prudhomme's "Sea of Hope," and Whole Foods; 1 Diamond- Entergy. Also, the LRAEF extends special recognition to all LRA chapters that support the LRAEF through its various philanthropic activities throughout the year.


As the philanthropic foundation of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the LRA Education Foundation  exists to enhance our community through expanded educational and career opportunities, the formation of strategic partnerships and the elevation of our professional standards and practices.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association is one of the largest business organizations in the state, representing restaurant operations and related businesses. The restaurant industry in Louisiana is one the state's largest private employer, providing jobs to nearly 200,000 residents. Restaurants in Louisiana are expected to generate sales of $7 billion in 2014. Get up-to-date news about the LRA and the restaurant industry from