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2019 Louisiana Legends: Todd Graves, Denise Lewis Patrick, Roy O Martin III, Newton Thomas, and Rebecca Vizard.

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The Louisiana Legends Awards Gala and Auction is a very special annual event hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The event honors the best and brightest of Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state.

Friends of LPB is proud to announce that the 2019 Louisiana Legends are: Todd Graves, American entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers; Denise Lewis Patrick, writer and editor of children’s books; Roy O. Martin III, CEO, President and CFO of RoyOMartin; Newton Thomas, founder of the Newtron Group, leader in industrial electric and instrumentation; and Rebecca Vizard, internationally renowned textile artist.

This year’s gala and auction was held Thursday, May 9 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Legends Gala featured a champagne reception and buffet, a silent auction featuring items donated by the honorees, music and an awards ceremony. Highlights from the event will be available online in LPB's new app, broadcast May 31st at 8 PM and Sunday, June 2nd at 5 PM on LPB, and on-demand at video.lpb.org.

Begun in 1990 and now in our 29th year, the Louisiana Legends Gala is a fundraising and public awareness project that draws support and participation from Friends across the state who appreciate the many fine instructional, educational and cultural programs LPB provides.



Louisiana Lottery
Roy O Martin


Louisiana Legends Poster 2019

Special thank you

to our Louisiana Legends portrait artist,

Caroline Youngblood


Cross Keys Bank
J P Morgan Chase & Co.
Jones Walker
Paragon Casino and Resort
Taylor Porter

Carole and Lee Baxter

Brown Eagle

William Doré Family

Ivy and Archer Frierson

Christy and John Frierson

Lisa and Kit Gamble

Bo Harris Wealth Management

W. Elton Kennedy Foundation

Peggy and David Murphy

Susie and Art Sample


Acadian Companies

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Bubba Oustalet Automotive

The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce

Citizens Bank & Trust

John Davies

James Davison

Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues, & Rundell

Goss Advisors

Graystone Consulting

Lincoln Nova Vital Recovery Center

Laura Lindsay

LSUA Foundation

LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

Marketplace Chevrolet Buick/Julie and John Adams

Jana & Jim McCrery

Northwestern State University Foundation

Papa Financial Services

Jodi and Claude Rives

Stream Wetland Services, LLC (Gray Plantation)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation

Rae Vasquez and Dylan Alge

Ann Wilkinson

Window World


Diane Allen & Associates

American Girl

Emily and Charlie Babineaux

Chris & Bill Blackwood

Connie & Ayres Bradford

Business First

Jo & Bob Emmert

Emergent Method

Jane and Kris Kirkpatrick

April & John Kirwan

Judith & Robert Levy

Adrienne & Jim Moore

Roger Ogden

Petron LLC

Red Six Media

Tiger Athletic Foundation

TruBlue Water

Sue & Burton Weaver