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Brett Chappel,

a Slidell resident, planned a small bake sale to benefit New Orleans Children's Hospital, but found himself inundated with donations of art, food, gift certificates and other items. The result was Nov. 20's Oh So Much More Than a Bake Sale, a major fundraiser for the hospital — which saved Chappel's daughter Camille four years ago when she was born with alloimmune thrombocytopenia, a life-threatening disease.

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Billy Reid,

a Tangipahoa Parish native who graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, received the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, one of the fashion world's highest honors, at a ceremony in New York Nov. 15. Reid's Southern-influenced menswear earned him the title of America's best menswear designer earlier this year. The CFDA/Vogue award comes with a $300,000 prize.

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Florida A&M college students

are continuing their annual holiday tradition of volunteering in New Orleans' 9th Ward for a fourth year, in a program originally inspired by New Orleans students attending the university. Approximately 75 students will meet with residents, and each will bring five toys or gifts to distribute to area children.

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The State of Louisiana

spends less than 17 percent of what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for anti-smoking programs for children, according to a recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). The CTFK found only two states funding tobacco prevention at federally recommended levels and said tobacco companies outspend prevention in Louisiana by a margin of 27 to one.

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