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2024 Winner of the Petit-Pisto Award: Pat McCallister-LeDuff

Updated: Jan 23

Petit-Pisto Award for Pat McCallister LeDuff. (Left to right) Lynne Pisto, Morgan Udoh, Pat McCallister-LeDuff, Helena Williams, and Patrick Tuck

At the MLK Fest 2024, The Walls Project partnered with the City of Baton Rouge for the MLK Celebration Festival. At the event, Walls had the privilege of honoring a local hero who does community service every day.

The Petit-Pisto Award was created to lift up special individuals who give selflessly to the community and are integral to the mission of the Walls Project.

Pat McCallister-LeDuff at MLK Fest 2020

Pat McCallister-LeDuff

Pat McCallister-LeDuff is a community activist, organizer, and a 50+ year golden member of the Progressive Baptist Church. She has well over 15,000 community service hours, is married to Ernest LeDuff, Jr., mother of 4 wonderful children

and Mimi of 11 awesome grandbabies.

Pat is co-founder and current President of both, Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV, Inc.) and Scotlandville CDC, founded in 1993.

Through her efforts, the group's mission is to combat drugs and street violence thereby, creating a safer and cleaner place for children to grow and prosper to become productive,

self-sufficient citizens.

Pat has provided countless opportunities for underserved children in the Scotlandville

Community through CADAV’s annual Ms. Banks workshop and pageant; “Just Girls”

program, "Kidz Kuttin Klub" (Lawn care training and Service provider), “Obesity for the

Birds” Park Trail Walk, Community Gardens, Murals, Family Day, and Movie Night in the

Park. Other activity efforts have included coordinating monthly community meetings

held every 4th Tuesday at the Scotlandville Library where they work very closely with the

4th District Baton Rouge Police Department to continue to reduce the crime rate and

strengthen the families with resources through partnerships like "Collective Healing", Job

Readiness, Families Helping Families, and various Summer Camps.

Pat’s passion through the Scotlandville CDC is to strive to create positive change in her

community that will create a “crime-free” community environment; elevating the quality

of life by promoting small business ownership and homeownership with “upscale”

affordable housing.

Pat is an honor graduate of both Scotlandville High School (Class of 78 president) and

Southern University Agriculture & Mechanical College of Baton Rouge where she

obtained her degree in Sociology, and is a lifetime member of the SU Alumni.

She currently holds boards with Together Baton Rouge, and Louisiana, Women’s Council

of Greater Baton Rouge, North Baton Rouge Industrial Cap, Keep Baton Rouge

Beautiful, Mayor's Anti-Blight committee and currently serves as a Community Police

Ambassador. She is a retired employee of United Healthcare and is currently facilitating

community outreach through Mr. & Mrs. Consulting firm for Geaux Get Healthy BR, Kid

Fest BR and CPEX.

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