Rubicon makes donation to Ascension Fund

Staff reports

Rubicon, Inc.’s Plant Manager, Mark Dearman and

Shannon Arceneaux, Manager, Human Resources and Public Affairs, donated $25,000 to

The Ascension Fund on October 3, 2011.

“This donation is a tangible sign of Rubicon’s commitment to education in Ascension

Parish. We at Rubicon hope that this donation will provide a significant help to the

efforts of the Ascension Fund,” said Dearman.

The Ascension Fund is an endowed fund established by the private sector to encourage

excellence in public education in Ascension Parish. The Fund is a project of the Gonzales

Rotary Club with the assistance of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Grants are given

to public school teachers on a competitive basis with the intent to motivate innovative

and creative ideas in the classroom.

The Fund’s original endowment of $1M was established in 1991, now celebrating its 20th

anniversary, the Fund announces its second capital campaign. Its goal is to double its

endowment in order to keep up with the rising demand for funding.

Ascension Parish is the fastest growing parish in the state, and there are more than

double the number of students in the public school system now than there were 20

years ago.

“The Ascension Fund relies on support from the entire community for improving

the academic quality of education in Ascension Parish,” said Elizabeth Nealy, Ph.D.,

Ascension Fund, Executive Director. “With the help from business leaders like Rubicon

we are better able to accomplish our goals,” Nealy added.

For more information, or to make a donation to The Ascension Fund, please visit, or contact: Dr. Elizabeth Nealy, Executive Director, at, or 225.290.3322.