The St. Bernard Parish Tourism Commission recognized the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation with the 2020 Friend of Tourism Award this week for the outstanding contributions the Meraux Foundation has made to supporting tourism over many years. The Friend of Tourism Award recognizes a business, person, or group of people who have contributed to efforts to promote tourism in St. Bernard Parish.
The work and presence of the Meraux Foundation in St. Bernard Parish can only be described as a great good for our community. Rita Gue and the Meraux Foundation have received national and international recognition for their work to improve St. Bernard Parish. The Foundation has generously supported tourism by sponsoring and hosting numerous festivals, fishing tournaments, and land donations. The Bayou Road Balloon Festival, Red Fish Festival, Blues Brews & BBQ Festival, and most recently, the 205th Battle of New Orleans commemoration could not happen without the Meraux Foundation- among many other tourism events.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Meraux Foundation. “Our culture is one of the parish’s greatest assets, and the Meraux Foundation works to help share it with the world through our support of the local tourism industry.”