Roland Toups, Chairman and CEO of Turner Industries, and his wife, Kay, received Capital Area United Way’s annual Tocqueville Society Award on October 4, the most prestigious United Way award. The award recognizes people locally and nationally whose outstanding volunteer services make a significant impact in their local community, or on a national level. Bert and Sue Turner received this award in 2003.
Roland has served on Boards of Directors as Chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Regents, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Capital Area United Way, the Mayor’s Anti-Drug Task Force, EBR Parish Law Enforcement Initiative “Project Exile”, and the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. He has served as President of the Baton Rouge Industrial Contractors Association, Catholic High School Men’s Club, Catholic High School Band Parent’s Club, Ethyl Corp. Management Club, and the Instrument Society of America.
Kay Toups serves Greater Baton Rouge in civic, religious and social activities. She has served on many boards including the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, Eye Bank Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Baton Rouge Green, the Samaritan House, and CASA. She has served as the President of the St. Joseph’s Academy Mother’s Club, Theta Xi Fraternity Mother’s Club, and the Pi Beta Phi Mother’s Club.
“Baton Rouge is a better city because of Kay and Roland Toups’ tireless work in this community,” said Lee Berg, Tocqueville Society Co-Chair. “I cannot think of a couple who have given more of their time and financial support to so many worthwhile efforts. They are so deserving of this recognition.”
Roland and Kay have also been awarded by the National Conference for Community and Justice, or NCCJ, and by the Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge. NCCJ is a non-profit dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism and promoting understanding and respect through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education. The Inter-Civic Council honored them with the Golden Deeds Award, given annually to someone who exceeds in their civic duties.
Photo Caption: Sue Turner (left) presents the CAUW’s Tocqueville Society Award to Roland and Kay Toups