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CFA Chair of the Board of Directors Jason Freyou, Elaine and Richard Zuschlag, CFA CEO Missy Andrade and CFA Executive Director of Affiliate & Philanthropic Engagement Raymond Hebert

On October 12, 2022, Community Foundation of Acadiana recognized its regional Leaders in Philanthropy during an awards ceremony. Acadian Companies Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag and his wife, Elaine, are the recipients of the award for Lafayette Parish.

CFA Executive Director of Affiliate & Philanthropic Engagement Raymond Hebert said, “Richard and Elaine have many reasons why they choose to give back. They were both raised by parents who taught by example the Christian values of giving back to the community and to those less fortunate.”

The Zuschlags’ giving priorities have always been education and services benefiting the poor and less fortunate. When their children were young, they volunteered to serve on their children’s school boards, parent volunteer committees, and capital campaigns. 

As a business leader, one of Richard’s major contributions to the community has been his willingness to involve himself vigorously in fundraising activities for civic and charitable causes. Among the organizations which have benefited from his ability and energy are United Way of Acadiana, 232-HELP, St. Thomas More High School, Our Lady of Fatima School, St. Pius X church and school, Ascension Day School, Holy Family Catholic School, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Acadiana, the Louisiana Open Golf Tournament, and the Evangeline Area Council and Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

During his introduction of Elaine and Richard, Louisiana State Senator Gerald Boudreaux said, “The impact that the Zuschlag family has had on this community will never be forgotten. I know the love and passion that Elaine and Richard have for the employees of Acadian and for all of the organizations they have generously supported over the years.”

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