Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Angel Award program honors volunteers who do outstanding work on behalf of Louisiana’s children.
To date, the annual program has resulted in statewide recognition and more than $900,000 in grants to more than 100 honorees’ charitable causes.
Ooti Billeaud, Jason Cohen, Genevieve Procell and Tristi Charpentier, representatives of the company, performed audio-video interviews with McManus, her nominator, and other supporters of her cause, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The purpose of their trip was to complete interviews ahead of time for the presentation ceremony, which will be held on Nov. 5 in Baton Rouge. McManus will receive a $20,000 grant through the Angel Award.
Myra Miller of The Eunice News nominated McManus for the Angel Award.
McManus is among the 62 Louisianans nominated for the award.
McManus founded the first Dolly Parton Imagination Library in the state in Eunice. The Library gives area children five-years-old and younger a free book each month.
Surpassing expectations, McManus signed up 700 pre-school children in the first year, 2008, and another 860 thus far in 2009.
McManus, the Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives and some of the supporters and donors met for a luncheon at Nick’s on 2nd Street. Present at the luncheon were Mike Dupre, chief of staff for Sen. Elbert Guillory, Rep. Mickey Guillory, Superint. Michael Nassif, Randall Vigee, Gerald Patout, director of LSUE library, Joan McManus, Main to Main and administrative secretary city of Eunice, Dr. Joan Hernandez, Robin McGee, director of Chamber of Commerce, and Bernadette Gaspard, Eunice Public Library.