Holmes Named WCCH Employee of the Month

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently named Penny Holmes, LPN, as its Employee of the Month for May 2016. As an LPN at OBG-1 of WCCH, Holmes works closely with health care providers to ensure that each patient’s plan of care is followed through. She also plays a key role in educating patients on what to expect with their upcoming procedure or pregnancy. Holmes has served at WCCH for 20 years.

LSBDC Honored

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University was awarded and recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center for 2016, which acknowledges it as the top SBDC in the state. The SBA honored the LSBDC at MSU at the Governor’s Mansion on May 4 during the Louisiana Small Business Awards Ceremony.

Pepsi Co. Becomes Annual Corporate Partner of BBBS

Pepsi Co. of Lake Charles has formed a corporate partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA. With a donation of $3,000, they will be event sponsors of both Bowl For Kids’ Sake and the annual golf tournament, to be held in the fall. In addition to the cash donation, Pepsi will be providing drinks to be given out at the events themselves All the funds donated are invested locally into programs run by BBBS-SWLA that impact children and families in SWLA.

CITGO Employee Recognized for 60 Years of Service

CITGO recently celebrated the 60-year service anniversary of CITGO Payroll Supervisor Della Gary. The event included special accolades for Gary from CITGO senior executives and proclamations from elected officials, including the Governor’s Office. A conference room in the CITGO Business Center was dedicated in Gary’s name during the program. The Iowa, LA, native began her career at the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery as a mail clerk. Soon she was promoted to a payroll clerk where she manually imported information from timecards for an appropriate tally for employee paychecks. She was later promoted to payroll supervisor and has kept that position since then. She is currently the longest serving CITGO employee on record.

L’Auberge Sponsors Family & Youth Conference

Family & Youth Counseling Agency received $5,000 from L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles to sponsor and host the 18th Annual Connections Count Conference held February 17th and 18th and L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. Over the years L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles has shown itself to be a gracious host and a generous friend to Family & Youth Counseling Agency.

Imperial Pointe Plans Revealed

Developers revealed plans for Imperial Pointe in Lake Charles, at a news conference recently. Area government officials and business leaders were in attendance to get the first look at the many different components, including the region’s first medical school planned for this 75-acre development. Located at the corner of Nelson Road and Imperial Pointe Blvd., Imperial Pointe was designed to be the ultimate village for healthy living.

Magnolia LNG Supports Give A Wish

Magnolia LNG recently presented Give A Wish a $1,500 donation for the nonprofit organization to expand its services. Give A Wish raises money to grant wishes to children in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas that have life-threatening or terminal conditions. For more information about Give A Wish, visit www.Give-A-Wish.org. For more information on Magnolia LNG, visit www.MagnoliaLNG.com.

Lawrence David Joins BancorpSouth

BancorpSouth has announced Lawrence David has joined the
Bank’s Lake Charles team as Vice President and Commercial Lender. David brings 20 years of banking experience to his new position at BancorpSouth. David attended McNeese State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration. He is currently serving as Chairperson of Land Use Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments for the city of Sulphur and also served as a past president of both the Lake Charles and Sulphur Kiwanis Clubs.

Chi Omega Sponsor Softball Tourney for Make-A-Wish

Chi Omega Phi Zeta Chapter McNeese State University sponsored the Make-A-Wish Classic Softball Tournament at McNeese State. The event raised funds for the sorority’s National Philanthropy partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the second year for the successful fundraiser, which raised $10,418.78. Make-A-Wish is a volunteer organization that grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

Lake Charles CVB Earns Certificate of Excellence

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

JD Bank Promotes Williamson

JD Bank has promoted Robert Williamson to Sr. Vice President/Jeff Davis Market President. Williamson, who has served as the Vice President Commercial Lender of the McNeese branch office in Lake Charles, will now supervise the JD Bank locations in Jennings, Lake Arthur, Welsh and Iowa and will also continue his commercial lending responsibilities.
Williamson has over 16 years of experience in banking. He will be located at the JD Bank Jennings-Main St. branch office.

LA Law Enforcement Torch Run Raises Over $2,300 For Special Olympics

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2016 LA Law Enforcement Torch Run with over 50 officers participating in the 5-mile run. Over $2,300 was raised for the LA Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.