is donating more than $15,000 to Operation Homefront Louisiana, which provides emergency services to military families. The hotel raised the money at its Nov. 13 tailgating party, which featured eight New Orleans chefs. Homefront is hosting a Christmas food drive for families with enlisted service members; find the organization's current needs and drive information on its website (www.operationhomefront.net).
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
teamed with GMC, the National Football League and volunteers from the New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base to build a "Healthy Kids Zone" at Eddie Gatto Playground in Gentilly. The build project on Nov. 29 was part of GMC and United Way's Monday Night Football Tour and NFL's Play 60, which aims to get 1.9 million kids involved in active play by 2018.
Dillard University Choir
was selected to perform in the East Wing of the White House on Dec. 9 for presidential guests viewing holiday decorations. Directed by S. Carver Davenport, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary arrangements. In a university statement, Davenport said, "I am truly blessed to be the choir director for such wonderful young people who are passionate about cultivating their voices and their performances."
was sentenced to eight years in state prison last week following a guilty plea for conspiring to smuggle codeine, Ecstasy and marijuana into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, La. The Baton Rouge rapper is in the middle of a four-year sentence for drug possession. He's due back in court April 30, 2012 — to face a first-degree murder charge.