The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation "Great Performers in Concert" Series has brought world-class musical talent to the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for the past ten years. The Pennington Foundation understands the power of the arts to unite the community, and create a healthier, more vibrant environment for our city's children and adults.
Past performers have included: Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Itzhak Perlman, Natalie Cole, and Audra McDonald.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Expanding Our Minds, Expanding Our Reach.
HIV / AIDSThe state of Louisiana has one of the highest national rates of new HIV cases each year. Part of this comes as a result of Louisiana's outdated response to HIV/AIDS. Poverty, education, nutrition, and mental health play important roles in new HIV cases as well as HIV and AIDS treatment. All of these problems impact and provide a detriment to a community's resilience and ability to recover following a disaster.
The Milan World Team Tennis Smash Hits Tournament enabled the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation to create it's HIV/AIDS Initiative, and the Foundation continues to leverage its investment in local organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS treatment, education, and research.
Our goal is to provide a summit in 2014 that will review how our stakeholders, service providers, and legislators respond to the HIV crisis in our community, as well as what current legislation is exacerbating or assisting us to solve this problem.
Girls' Empowerment ZoneThe Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation takes female empowerment and women's advocacy very seriously. The State of Louisiana recently passed the Equal Pay for Women Act, which bans state agencies from paying different wages to employees of different genders with the same job. However, women still face myriad challenges in society.
The Foundation acknowledges that these issues - from education to nutrition, body image, mental health, domestic violence, equal pay, and health care - are interconnected. As such, we created our Women's Empowerment Zone Initiative, bringing together organizations promoting strong, healthy girls and providing a safe space for women of all walks of life.
We are proud to partner with the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation on this initiative, which allows us to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the women in our community.
We believe that all grant makers are disaster grant makers. That is, every issue funded by grant makers is exacerbated by disasters, and the many problems in a given community also impact a community's resilience when a disaster strikes. Our Louisiana community is particularly vulnerable, facing numerous community and social challenges as well as the yearly impact of Atlantic Hurricane Season and recently the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation is interested in examining how the compounding effect of disaster as well as issues in areas including mental health, education, women's issues, unemployment, and poverty affect a community's resilience.
The Pennington Disaster Resilience Fund initially grew out of trustee-driven tennis tournaments Duel Under the Oaks to benefit disaster relief and recovery. This Fund is now a year-round fund that is put towards research, recovery, and a continued movement of all grant makers as disaster grant makers. It also provides thought leadership in cross-sector coordination.