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The Pro Bono Publico Foundation,
the Rex organization's philanthropic wing, granted $740,000 to education-based nonprofit organizations Jan. 11. The recipients include 24 New Orleans-area schools and 16 education organizations. The foundation has granted nearly $2.5 million since 2007, including $550,000 in each of the last two years.

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The Barman's Fund NOLA
raised nearly $40,000 for New Orleans charities during its 2013 events. The organization, whose members donate their tips from one bartending shift a month, celebrated its second anniversary Jan. 14 with an event to benefit A Child's Wish of Louisiana. The Barman's Fund also has chapters in New York and Charlotte, N.C.

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Father of the Year recipients
Jim Henderson, Keith LeBlanc, William Norton, Dennis Pearse and Dan Real received the honor from the American Diabetes Association and the New Orleans Father's Day Council on Jan. 16. The recipients will be honored at an event in June. The award recognizes fathers who serve as role models and positively impact their communities.

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Long T. Trinh
pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to fraudulently receiving more than $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) through his store Seafood Heaven in Gretna. Trinh exchanged SNAP benefits for cash and items ineligible for benefits through his store. He faces five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

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