named distinguished graduate
St. Joseph School officials selected Raymond B. Braun
, a St. Joseph School graduate of the Class of 1953, as the 2009 Distinguished Graduate.
Braun has been an active member at St. Joseph School and parish for decades.
children attended St. Joseph's
started bingo games which raised money to support the school.
The first bingo fundraiser netted $15,000.
He has also served on the St. Joseph Parish Council.
Braun has served twice as grand knight for the local Knights of Columbus Council and Pilot for the KC Fourth Degree.
He is a member of its board of directors.
He has been a member of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Board, which oversees the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival each April, and continues to assist them with the financial aspects of the festival.
Braun has been an active leader in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
He is a retired financial officer of First Guaranty Bank.
many years of active volunteerism, Braun
has received numerous honors, including Knight of the Month
, Knight of the Year
, and KC Family of the Year.
Braun was born July 9, 1939, to Elsie Becnel and Odis Joseph Braun in Ponchatoula.