Officials Sign Agreement For Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund
Today, school system officials and the general manager of Shell Norco, Mr. Brett Woltjen, signed an agreement providing for the funding of a $5 million Shell donation to the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund.
Shell Norco has committed to providing a $5 million legacy gift for St. Charles Parish Public Schools' Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center in Luling. The donation gift will be made over the next several years to establish an endowment for sustainability of current and future programs dedicated to the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center.
Shell's hope is that its initial contribution to the endowment will prompt an annual fundraising campaign where by others will help to grow the fund, resulting in positive impacts to the center.
Through the endowment gift, the 1,304-seat theatre within the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center will be named ‘The Shell Theatre’ for an initial 20-year period.
The school system would like to thank Shell for this tremendous gift. The partnership between St. Charles Parish Public Schools and Shell Norco over the years has always been strong. The funding of an endowment for the Lafon Performing Arts Center is unmistakably the most significant contribution from industry that has ever been made to the school system. It has special meaning to our school system and community as it elevates arts education and appreciation. St. Charles Parish Public Schools is extremely proud of this facility and we appreciate Shell's support and generosity.
For more pictures from the November 30 signing, visit St. Charles Parish Public Schools' Facebook page.
L to R: School Board President Alex Suffrin, Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker and Shell Norco General Manager Brett Woltjen sign the endowment agreement.
School Board Members, the Superintendent and Shell Representatives at the November 30 endowment signing held at the Lafon Arts Center.