Krewe du Vieux
held its annual "shakedown" the week before its Jan. 19 parade. Members asked businesses on the krewe's parade route to donate money, and held a Shakedown Jam concert two days before the parade. The krewe raised $25,000 in cash and pledges, which will go to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic.
Shelia Banks and Leslie St. Julien
were chosen as fellows in the 2013 New Science Teacher Academy held by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The group chose 244 teachers for its fellowship program. Banks teaches at John Ehret High School and St. Julien at Truman Middle School; both part of the Jefferson Parish Public School district.
announced a $350,000 grant to the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living, a facility being built in the new St. Margaret's Skilled Nursing Residence in Mid-City. Team Gleason House will provide care for people living with neuromuscular disorders and will allow patients with ALS and MS to control their environment using eye-sensitive technology. Team Gleason was founded by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010.
The Brees Dream Foundation
awarded $1 million to New Orleans charities Jan. 30 for their work leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. Five winning charities received $25,000 apiece, while more than 150 others received grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000. Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany partnered with Companies With a Mission (CWAM) for the challenge. For a list of winning charities, visit www.superservicechallenge.com.