Arabie Trucking Services,
a trucking and hauling company based in Thibodaux, La., is collecting food, goods and disaster supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. The "Lagniappe From the Bayou" effort, assisted by Lafourche Parish, will send two trucks filled with supplies to the small town of Amityville, N.Y., in time for Thanksgiving.
Cash Money Records
will hold its 16th annual Thanksgiving turkey and holiday dinner giveaway Tuesday, Nov. 20, at A.L. Davis Park in the Upper 9th Ward. This year's event has a new twist: a health fair with free screenings for hypertension and diabetes, as well as dental and eye exams. It's put on by the Johnnie and Gladys Williams Foundation, named for the parents of Cash Money founders Ronald and Bryan Williams.
Entergy New Orleans and New Schools for New Orleans
held a Teacher Appreciation Night at Rock 'n' Bowl Oct. 30. Nearly 300 educators from 80 local schools came together for a night of food, music and recognition, and each teacher received two boxes of supplies for his or her classroom. Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles Rice also announced the corporation was donating nearly $800,000 to local schools and educational nonprofit organizations.
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.,
the state's insurer of last resort, attempted to give its CEO Richard Robertson a $50,000 per year raise on top of his $240,000 annual salary. Treasurer John Kennedy and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon rightly howled, and Donelon rejected the board's request. The grab was particularly insulting in a year when the insurer approved a 45 percent rate increase for commercial customers.