Miller, president and founder of Major Equipment & Remediation, is one of nine persons in Acadiana to receive Community Foundation of Acadiana’s 2012 Leaders in Philanthropy Award.
Cited for his long-term commitment to his community, Miller said he is especially interested in education, which he said is the cornerstone of improvement and prosperity.
He has established an honors program scholarship fund and an honors student center at Nicholls State University.
Miller served on the boards of numerous business and charitable organizations including the American Petroleum Institute Atchafalaya Chapter, St. Mary Industrial Group, the Lakewood Foundation, Teche Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Atchafalaya River Coalition.
Miller and eight others were presented with the CFA’s Leaders in Philanthropy Award during a luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center.
The other recipients are Mike Francis of Acadia Parish, Ernest Freyou from Iberia Parish, Dr. Charles Aswell III from Evangeline Parish, Nathan Granger from Vermilion Parish, Paula Woodson Blanchet of Lafayette Parish, Reggie and Marie Dupré of St. Landry Parish, and Ray Pellerin from St. Martin Parish.
Keynote speaker was Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers founder and CEO Todd Graves, who — accompanied by a 14-year-old yellow lab, Raising Cane II, successor to the chain’s namesake — told the story of how his dream of starting a one-menu-item restaurant led to his philanthropic endeavors in 17 states. Raising Cane’s has given more than 25 percent of its profits back to the communities in which the restaurants operate.
The Community Foundation of Acadiana’s purpose is to “connect generous people to the causes they care about.” It focuses on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.
Established in 2000, the foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit, autonomous and non-sectarian public charity. Community Foundation of Acadiana receives gifts, endowments and bequests and acts on the donors’ charitable wishes during their lifetime and in perpetuity.
The foundation responds to local needs and opportunities and acts as a catalyst, convener and a broker to meet emergencies or initiate projects under a board charitable mandate.
For more information, visit www.cfacadiana.org.