School System and Shell sign agreement for Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund

School board President Al Suffrin, Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker and Brett Woltjen, Shell Norco general manager, sign fund agreement.

School system officials and Brett Woltjen, Shell Norco’s general manager, signed an agreement providing a $5 million Shell donation to the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund.

Shell Norco has committed to providing a $5 million legacy gift for St. Charles Parish Public Schools’  Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center in Luling. The donation will be made over the next several years to establish an endowment for sustainability of current and future programs dedicated to the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center.

Shell’s hope is that its initial contribution to the endowment will prompt an annual fundraising campaign where others will help grow the fund.

Through the endowment, the 1,304-seat theatre in the arts center will be named ‘The Shell Theatre’ for an initial 20-year period.

The partnership between St. Charles Parish Public Schools and Shell Norco over the years has always been strong.

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