founded by former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, aims to help patients with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and their families. Gleason recently announced he was diagnosed with ALS in January. On Sept. 25, 2006, Gleason famously blocked an Atlanta Falcons punt that was returned for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the first game inside the restored Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina — a play quarterback Drew Brees called the most significant in the team's history.
Joseph A. Craig Elementary
was awarded a $30,000 grant by Energizer and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to benefit the Treme school's arts and music programs. Energizer's "now that's positivenergy" program gave $250,000 to Save the Music to help struggling music programs in eight schools around the country. Since 1997, Save the Music has provided $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities.
Henry and Karen Coaxum
are recipients of the 2011 Alexis de Tocqueville Award, the highest honor awarded by United Way of the Greater New Orleans Area for community activism, philanthropy and volunteerism. Coaxum Enterprises runs seven McDonald's restaurants, and its training and resource center trains hundreds of employees each year. The Coaxums also serve on several boards for economic development, historic preservation and the arts.
Warren LeBeauf Jr. and Tamara Scott-Landry,
a married couple in St. Charles Parish, were sentenced in federal court last month to 87 months and 30 months, respectively, for collecting more than $800,000 from fraudulent tax returns. LeBeauf, a deputy with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's office, collected thousands of pages of prison inmates' personal information, which Scott-Landry, an accountant, used to file fraudulent tax returns over 10 months in 2005 and 2006.