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SOLA Giving Day; Acadian Ambulance CEO Donates $50,000

May 07, 2018 03:21PM ● By Camille Mosley

LAFAYETTE, LA – Elaine and Richard Zuschlag of Lafayette have made a matching donation of $50,000 through South Louisiana (SOLA) Giving Day to support the St. Pius Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton Scholarship Fund. The couple is encouraging the community to match their donation and fundraise an additional $50,000 for the scholarship fund by visiting The fund will provide scholarships to students who attend St. Pius Elementary School in Lafayette.

The St. Pius Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton Scholarship Fund has been established as a lasting tribute to Monsignor Mouton to encourage families of St. Pius X Church Parish to give their children the gift of Catholic education. The scholarship will be awarded annually to parishioners of St. Pius X Church Parish who are actively involved in ministries of the church and who are dedicated to family faith formation and are leaders in ministry and service.

"Monsignor Mouton was a great friend and mentor to the Zuschlag Family," said Richard Zuschlag, chief executive officer of Acadian Ambulance Service. "He was a strong advocate for the improvement and expansion of catholic education in our diocese. My family is honored to build upon his legacy by partnering with St. Pius Elementary School to establish the Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton Scholarship Fund," he said.

SOLA Giving Day will be held on Thursday, May 10 and begins at midnight and ends at 11:59:59. SOLA Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign for nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools throughout Acadiana.

More than 130 nonprofit organizations, churches and schools are participating in SOLA Giving Day. Their purpose is to raise funds for a specific cause, a program or to provide free services to the community.

Donors can schedule their donation today through May 9. Or, donors can make an online contribution during the day of giving on Thursday, May 10 by visiting All donations are tax-deductible.

Any donors who have a Donor Advised Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) can make a donation through an inter-fund transfer. The donor can make this request by emailing Katie Lahey at [email protected]

South Louisiana Giving Day is a project of Community Foundation of Acadiana. CFA is a tax-exempt, donor-centric, entrepreneurial foundation whose core purpose is building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $225 million and has made cumulative grants of over $107 million. Learn more at