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The Trombone Shorty Foundation,founded by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, has matched every donation up to $50,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's (GNOF) Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund. GNOF awarded $100,000 in emergency grants to 13 organizations working in New Orleans East following February's devastating tornado.

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Delware North donated $30,000 to the Jazz and Heritage Foundation to support its Heritage School of Music. The donation from the food service company, working with the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, will support students performing at the airport's new terminal.

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Garrett Bradley, a New Orleans filmmaker, won the Sundance Film Festival's jury award in the nonfiction shorts category for Alone, a 13-minute film about the impact of mass incarceration on African-American families. Alone was among 68 shorts accepted into the 2017 festival.

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Metropolitan Human Services District will receive a $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for treatment services for prescription drug and opioid users over the next three years. The legislatively created district oversees publicly funded, community-based mental health care and substance abuse treatment.

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Brice Brown,head football coach at Edna Karr High School, was selected as the New Orleans Saints' nominee for the national Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The school's team won the 2016 4A State Championship title.

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Dots Diner restaurants raised more than $34,485 and collected hundreds of pounds of pet food since 2010 to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana. In December, the restaurants raised more than $1,385 and collected pet food following devastating floods in August.

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Rotary District 6840 across south Louisiana will dedicate the first 100 days of 2017 to support The Rotary Foundation's centennial through flood response, environmental cleanup, reading events in schools, and hunger relief. The District raises more than $200,000 a year to support the foundation, which aims to raise $300 million by July 2017.

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Nicolas Bazan has been appointed a Foreign Adjunct Professor of Neuro-science in the Depart-ment of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet. The LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans professor's work has focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts served 1,000 meals and delivered toys to families in need at the New Orleans Mission Dec. 20. The restaurant group, which includes Broussard's, The Bom-bay Club, Kingfish, Royal House Oyster Bar and others, has served more than 8,000 such meals since 2014.

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Keith Hart, music director at KIPP College Prep, was named one of 10 finalists for the Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. Hart previously received KIPP's Excellence in Teaching award, among other honors.

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Roman Harper was nominated by the New Orleans Saints for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Nominees — one from each of the 32 NFL teams — are awarded $50,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.

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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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