Chef Duke LoCicero
raised $10,000 for gifts to send to children at Children's Hospital via his Chef Duke's Foundation for Kids. The Cafe Giovanni chef founded the organization in 1992 and since then has distributed more than $190,000 worth of toys to children. The foundation also focuses on funding children's health and education programs.
The Louisiana SPCA's Community Clinic
surpassed its goal of 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries this year. The clinic performed 7,645 surgeries by mid-December (compared to its 2010 total of 5,127). The clinic also offers low-cost spay and neuter operations, microchipping and other veterinary services. Opened last year, the clinic increased the number of spay and neuter surgeries by more than 47 percent from its 2009 services.
The Winn-Dixie Foundation
awarded grants to 11 New Orleans charities as part of the organization's $1.4 million investment in 116 groups throughout the southeast. Area charities receiving funds include Boys Hope Girls Hope, the Community Center of St. Bernard, Ladies Leukemia League, the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, Second Harvest Food Bank and the St. Tammany Cancer Fund.
Hillcrest Baptist Church
and Operation People for Peace donated 14,000 pounds of food to underserved Gulf Coast communities affected by the BP oil disaster. The Florida congregation donated 200 care packages to families and last week delivered food to three Louisiana churches: New Mount Pilgrim Baptist in Houma, Moses Baptist in Thibodaux and Kenner Calvary Baptist in Kenner.