WASHINGTON, DC – From the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana:
Business leaders at a Washington, DC, Mardi Gras luncheon last week donated $50,000 to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to fuel the organization’s coastal restoration work. The money was raised through sponsorship of the Friday Economic Development Luncheon, hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. It was the first time the lunch had a philanthropic component. CRCL was chosen as the beneficiary by Representative Garret Graves, the President of 73rd Washington Mardi Gras who designed the charity aspect. Over 600 people attended the luncheon.
Separately, Energy Cheniere donated $100,000 to CLRC last week to support youth leadership development programs.
“We were proud to work with Congressman Graves to start a new philanthropic tradition at Washington Mardi Gras,” said LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack. “The work done by CRCL is critical to saving the Louisiana coast, and we are honored to do our part to advance their mission through this donation.”
Money from the LABI Foundation’s donation will be used to fuel the work of CRCL, the first statewide nonprofit dedicated to coastal restoration in Louisiana. For more than 30 years, the organization has brought together business leaders, fishermen, elected officials, scientists, students and many others around the same goal: to ensure the prosperity of the Louisiana coast for generations to come. to come.
“We are grateful to Congressman Graves, LABI, and our state’s business leaders who recognize the importance of restoring our coast,” said Kim Reyher, executive director of CRCL. “We are fortunate to have broad bipartisan support for our work. Everyone agrees that we should maintain our state as much as possible. These leaders recognize that there are ways to help.
More than 2,000 square miles of Louisiana wetlands have disappeared since the 1930s. CRCL works to solve coastal land loss by advocating for science-based policies that will build new lands; undertaking on-the-ground restoration projects like planting marsh grasses or trees and building oyster reefs with community partners, restaurants and volunteers; and training the next generation of coastal leaders through its Future Coastal Leaders and Student Ambassador programs. The organization also hosts the State of the Coast Conference and honors coastal stewards at an annual awards ceremony.
Cheniere presented the organization a alligator tiles at a meeting of the Louisiana Committee of 100, a business roundtable devoted to the state’s long-term economic growth. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at the presentation.
Cheniere’s donation will fuel CRCL’s Future Coastal Leaders and Student Ambassador programs for the next two years.
“Cheniere’s support of our youth development programs will help ensure that we have strong and diverse leadership to address the loss of coastal land for years to come,” Reyher said. “What a brilliant investment in our future.”
“Our commitment to CRCL’s youth leadership development programs will enable students from Louisiana’s coastal communities to learn and understand the uniqueness and importance of our state’s coast,” said Laura Ferrell, Representative Principal of Government and Public Affairs at Cheniere. “We recognize the vital work CLRC does with a diverse group of students and are proud to join them in this partnership.
To learn more about the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, visit the organization’s website website.