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.
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.
The Algiers Regional Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. The library opened in 1965 and sustained roof damage during Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 floods.
The Rev. Pedro
F. Nunezreceived the Guillermo De Bango Excellence in the Arts Award from the Cervantes Fundacion Hispanoamericana de Arte, which produces October's Que Pasa Fest in Lafreniere Park. Nunez immigrated to the U.S. in 1962 from Havana, Cuba, and was ordained a priest by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1977.
The Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO)celebrated its 50th
anniversary of advo-cating for community engagement and open
and effective govern-ment on Aug. 19. CBNO
merged with the Metro-
politan Area Committee (MAC) in 2002.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationawarded the City of New Orleans an $800,000 grant to provide housing and mental health services to people experiencing homelessness. The grant benefits the Health Department's New Orleans Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which supports 120 people experiencing chronic homelessness and another 20 families with children.
The Rockefeller Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center>will expand its Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour to reach 1,500 students at 10 schools in the New Orleans area as part of a $1 million grant. The program, which teaches American history through jazz and live performance, has presented more than 1,000 performances to more than 160,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade since 2013.
Colette Pichon, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, was named one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity July 15. The nonprofit center promotes social, political and economic equity and has developed programs focused on climate justice, disaster recovery and economic development.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Chief of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, was named a recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Boudreaux will be among nine artists receiving the honor at a ceremony and concert in Washington, D.C. in September along with a $25,000 award.
John and Dathel Georges,owners of The Advocate newspapers, donated $1 million to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana to help fund its Blueprint for Prosperity program to eradicate poverty. United Way will track the progress of program participants, from learning job skills to employment, and release its findings next year.
NOLA Beats for Orlando raised more than $2,000 for the OneOrlando Fund to benefit victims and families of last month's Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Ochsner Health System donated an additional $340 to the fund.
Cheron Brylski, widow of the late New Orleans photographer Harold Baquet, arranged for the donation of Baquet's impressive body of work to The Historic New Orleans Collection. Baquet died June 18, 2015.