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CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation Receives $3.2 Million Donation March 4, 2020

Leslie and Elizabeth Richard

Lake Charles, LA – The CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation recently received a $3.2 million bequest from the Elizabeth S. and Leslie R. Richard Estate.

Leslie R. Richard held the title of Cameron Parish tax assessor for many years and served in the Pacific during World War II. He also was involved in cattle ranching and farming. Mr. Richard was the first chairman of the board of directors for Cameron State Bank, now Iberia Bank. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been generous philanthropists over their lifetime, imparting a vast majority of their estate to both national and local charities and religious organizations.

“We were so moved and honored by this gift and that the Richards thought so highly of our ministry in Southwest Louisiana. It is the largest gift the Foundation has received, and it will allow us to continue to provide high quality care that improves patient outcomes,” said Kay C. Barnett, CFRE, Executive Director of Development for the CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation. “As we strive to be a leader in providing exemplary health care services, we rely on the support and generosity of individuals, like the Richards, to be able to provide innovative health and wellness solutions for our patients here at home.”

The CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation Board of Directors will direct the Richard’s donation to the ministry’s greatest area of need in an upcoming Board meeting