KLFY played a key role in making this honor possible for Father Louis Richard for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. They are the Louisiana Media Partner for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and they open a nomination process each spring, asking viewers to submit nominations of people in the Acadiana community who have made the area a better place to live. They receive hundreds of nominations each year, and the process of choosing a single local winner is a difficult one.
Blue Rolfes is KLFY’s coordinator of the Jefferson Awards; she choose the nominee based on the nomination letter, and the impact that the nominee has had on the community. The Jefferson Awards recognizes individuals who have identified a previously unmet need in their community, frequently because of a personal or family tragedy, and who then build an infrastructure to meet that need and an accompanying 501(c)3 organization to provide the service that solves the problem. Past Acadiana nominees have included Marcel Citron, founder of FoodNet; Dr. Chuck Wyatt, who created the Community Bystander CPR program “Heartstarter” and Hank and Debbie Perret, who created the Miles Perret Cancer Services Center in memory of their son Miles, who lost his life to brain cancer.
KLFY's annual Media Partner dues underwrite the entire cost of round-trip airfare for the nominee to Washington, DC for the national ceremonies, all meals, hotel accomodations and spending money to underwrite expenses such as taxis and tips.
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"We took on this project many years ago because we felt it would be an effective way to encourage volunteer service in our community, and to provide much-deserved recognition to the many 'unsung heroes' who devote their lives to helping others. Please help us help everyone in our community recognize the critically important role our volunteer activists play in making Lafayette, and Acadiana, the greatest place on earth to live."