A Message from Our Chairman
It was nearly two years ago that we created the Coastal Vision Foundation with a mission of supporting the unique and highly diverse communities along the Gulf Coast. As we begin our third year, we feel it is important to look back and recap our successes and how our funds - and yours -- have been deployed thus far as we look ahead at how to expand our reach and effectiveness in 2013.
While we have been fortunate during this time and avoided some of the larger natural disasters that impacted our region in previous years, that does not mean the people and resources of our region did not experience significant needs. Our foundation has worked to honor as many requests for financial assistance as possible since our creation. We wanted to share with you some of the highlights of who we have been able to support due entirely to the financial support and commitment of our many friends and partners:
- Nothing is more core to the CVF mission than the preservation and restoration of coastal wetlands. Through the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, we have made and are honoring a three-year commitment to financially support the efforts of LWFF which helps fund various efforts, including habitat conservation, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, and regulation enforcement;
- Through the Gulf Coast Oilman's Association, we support Shriner's Hospital for Children and their mission ofproviding the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate and family-centered environment;
- Following natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods, we have supported various relief efforts including the Acadiana Red Cross, the Rayne (La.) Tornado Relief Fund, and others;
- We have funded requests from a number of charitable organizations throughout the region, including K94COPS, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and financially supported Spending Time Ending Rett Syndrome.
There is no region more precious to our great country than the unique and highly diverse people communities along the Gulf Coast in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The Coastal Vision Foundation is committed to positively impacting our ever-changing Gulf Coast region through established and cost effective programs and activities.
We all have a choice to make. We can stand by and let the forces of man and nature diminish the beauty and majesty of our coast or we can get actively involved in preserving and restoring our great region for future generations by leveraging our financial resources to make a difference in the areas we live in and do business in. We greatly appreciate you joining in our efforts to make a difference and hope you will continue to partner with us in 2013 as we work to expand our reach, impact, and effectiveness.
With warmest regards,
Coastal Vision Foundation