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2019 Louisiana Legends Honorees

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

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

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 will be held Thursday, May 9 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Legends Gala will feature 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 broadcast at a later date on LPB.

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.




Carole and Lee Baxter

Brown Eagle

William Doré Family

Ivy and Archer Frierson

Christy and John Frierson

Lisa and Kit Gamble

Goss Wealth Management

Bo Harris Wealth Management

Peggy and David Murphy

Sean & Jennifer Eplett Reilly

Susie and Art Sample


Acadian Companies

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Bubba Oustalet Automotive

Citizens Bank & Trust

John Davies

James Davison

Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues, & Rundell

Graystone Consulting

JPMorgan Chase

Lincoln Nova Vital Recovery Center

Laura Lindsay

Jana & Jim McCrery

Northwestern State University

Stream Wetland Services, LLC (Gray Plantation)

Ann Wilkinson


Chris & Bill Blackwood

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruser III

Business First

Emergent Method

April & John Kirwan

Judith & Robert Levy

Adrienne & Jim Moore

Roger Ogden

Red Six Media

Tiger Athletic Foundation

TruBlue Water