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The Pennington Family (2023)

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-04-27

Duration: 00:14:42

Subjects: Philanthropists | Pennington Biomedical Research Center


  • Denison, John Host
  • Merrick, Robyn Host
  • Kirwan, John Interviewee
  • Cox, Dee Bee Interviewee
  • Bertman, Lori Interviewee
  • Tate, Diane Interviewee
  • de la Bretonne, Paula Pennington Speaker


This segment from the 2023 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family and a speech by Paula Pennington de la Bretonne accepting her family’s recognition as a Louisiana Legend. The Pennington Family of Baton Rouge are philanthropists, who have supported numerous causes through the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation, including the establishment of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The profile includes interviews with: Dr. John Kirwan, the executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Dee Bee Cox, the founder and CEO of Mission Heart; Lori Bertman, the president and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation; and Diane Tate, the chair of the Pennington Great Performers Concert Series. Hosts: John Denison and Robyn Merrick