The Gayle & Tom Benson Charitable Foundation
has pledged $8 million to Loyola University to renovate Loyola's former library into a new headquarters for the school's Jesuit Center. The 36,000-square-foot building, which is centrally located on campus, has been unused for more than a decade. Benson, a Loyola alumnus, has been a major donor to the university and received its highest honor, the Integritas Vitae award, earlier this year.
aka Dr. John, was among this year's nominees for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Sept. 28. Rebennack, 69, has been active in the New Orleans music scene since the 1950s, before becoming world renowned in the 1970s. In the last five years, Dr. John has been a fierce advocate for Katrina relief and wetlands restoration. The Hall of Fame will announce its final selection in December.
City Council President Arnie Fielkow
personally donated $25,000 to the 9th Ward Field of Dreams project Sept. 30, bringing the George Washington Carver High School closer to its goal of a state-of-the-art athletic facility that will be open to the community free of charge. The program, which was begun by a young teacher named Brian Bordainick, has raised more than $1 million toward its goal of $1.85 million.
creator of the shows Treme and The Wire, was chosen this week for a fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an honor sometimes referred to as the "MacArthur genius grant." The grant comes with a no-strings-attached cash award of $500,000. Treme, which was largely well-received by critics as well as locals, is set to air its second season in the first half of 2011.