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Propeller and the New Orleans Starter Fund received $250,000 to create the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund, part of a $15 million national initiative from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies Program. The fund will help invest in new local companies through a three-month accelerator program.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided $325,000 in funding to the 22nd Judicial District Court drug treatment program in Covington. The federal grants provide three years of funding to expand abuse treatment in adult and family drug courts and Tribal Healing to Wellness courts.

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Leora Madden, Andreanecia Morris and Keith Twitchell were named 2016 Urban Heroes by New Orleans environmental organization the Urban Conservancy. The awards, in partnership with Stay Local, honored Madden, owner of Pearl Wine Co.; Morris, executive director of HousingNOLA; and Twitchell, president of Committee for a Better New Orleans.

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Community Coffeedonated 10 percent of its proceeds from its Crescent City Blend coffee to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. The company donated nearly $5,000 to the nonpartisan organization, the oldest running group supporting coastal restoration efforts.

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'Up on the Roof,'the 10th annual event supporting the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation, raised nearly $150,000 last month. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which has raised nearly $1 million over the last decade.

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Charmaine Caccioppi,Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, was appointed to chair the Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission. Caccioppi has been at the forefront of local and statewide efforts to better address issues affecting women and children for many years.

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Patricia Boyett, director of the Women's Resource Center at Loyola University, received the 2016 Eudora Welty Prize for the book Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods. The prize is awarded by Mississippi University for Women and the University Press of Mississippi.

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Lil Wayne donated skate ramps and equipment to Parisite Skate Park in Gentilly. Wayne and California skate company OC Ramps gave the equipment to the park following a pop-up skate park at Champions Square during August's Lil Weezyana Festival.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,the 18th annual American Cancer Society walk held Oct. 1 at Champions Square, included more than 6,500 participants and raised $210,000 to fund breast cancer research, education and patient support. Since 1991, more than 12 million walk supporters have helped raise more than $750 million.

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Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews was named a recipient of a Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities from the Heinz Family Foundation. Andrews is among five 2016 recipients, including Hal Harvey, Nadine Burke Harris, Michelle Alexander and Matt Mullenweg.

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Joy and Boysie Bollinger gave the Audubon Zoo the largest individual donation in the zoo's history. Their $5 million gift will fund a new lion habitat set to open in 2018.

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Sarah Grayan assistant profes-sor of psychology at Tulane University, was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant through the Brain and Behavior Re-search Foundation. The two-year, $70,000 grant will fund the study of the development of children who have been exposed to trauma.


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