The close relationship between the Cancer Center and the community has endured for many years, most recently through the Gonzales Area Foundation’s generous donations, ensuring residents have continued access to world-class cancer care, close to home.
— Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

The founders of the Gonzales Area Foundation began with a fundraiser to support Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales, and its Ascension Parish patients. The first event, the Gonzales Gala, took place in January of 2016 and generated $125,000 in one night – well beyond the original goal of $60,000. The second gala generated more than $125,000.

The founders’ main intention was and still is to assist Mary Bird Perkins in making cancer prevention and treatment in Ascension Parish sustainable for generations to come.

With the success of the initial fundraiser and realizing the wide array of needs in Ascension Parish, such as the devastating Great Flood of 2016, the Gonzales Area Foundation was formed to provide the residents of Ascension Parish with a financial mechanism to continue its support of cancer treatment and prevention, as well as providing additional means of support following local catastrophic events and natural disasters, while also providing assistance to local schools, law enforcement agencies, drug prevention programs, mental health programs and hospitals.