Frances Bennett – … a person of character

CONSIDERING, she is a doer. She works hard for philanthropic organizations throughout the city. She chairs boards, she attends events, she puts up signs and she delivers food. She can be counted on to help in any way possible.

CONSIDERING, she was inspired by her mother, who always gave to others. “We grew up in the country. My mother always shared what she had with others and was always willing to help. That stuck with me.”

CONSIDERING, she has served the American Red Cross for more than 25 years and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for more than 20 years. From helping out with disaster relief to working a Food Bank store, she has done it all.

CONSIDERING, she serves in leadership positions in many of the organizations she supports. She is president of the Louisiana State Museum Friends and is vice president of the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge. She is also on the board for Braveheart—Children in Need.

CONSIDERING, she also is an advocate for the Mental Health Association, Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, the Sunshine Foundation, the Women’s Council, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, the International Hospitality Foundation and Families Helping Families, among others.

CONSIDERING, three years ago, when she turned 70, she collected 345 pounds of food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank from friends at her birthday party.

CONSIDERING, she has received accolades throughout the city, including the Golden Deeds award, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Angel Award, and the Volunteer Activists Award from the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation. She received a Women of Excellence Award from the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation.

CONSIDERING, she has been married to Charles for 23 years. The couple met at a singles square-dancing club. Today, he shares her same fervor for helping the community.

CONSIDERING, she is not slowing down. “I enjoy everything I do. I would not know where to start cutting. I truly love all of the organizations and enjoy the time I spend helping them.”