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United Way-New Orleans donors
helped the agency exceed its 2001 fundraising goal by $10,000, reaching a total of $20,110,000. The money will support more than 130 nonprofit organizations in greater New Orleans, says agency spokeswoman Barbara Kaplinsky. Funds through employee contributions played a big part, with about $5 million raised through record-breaking donations by federal employees and workers at Entergy Inc., Hibernia Corp. and Shell Co.

Edna Karr High School Orchestra
was chosen from among 150 high schools across the country to perform on the Sony Corp. CD Magical Holidays III. Edna Karr's orchestra was the only high school ensemble selected, according to the New Orleans Public Schools. The orchestra performed "A Christmas Medley" with vocalist Edwin McCain. Proceeds from the CD, available through the school, will help pay for the ensemble's expenses throughout the year.

The City of New Orleans
will contribute $5 million-plus to the Grammy Exposition and Hall of Fame Music Museum, scheduled for completion by November 2003. City Council members voted last week to put up the money, which with interest would reach $7.5 million. Construction for the museum, a potentially huge tourist draw expected to boost the city's music scene, is slated to begin in May. Tax-exempt state bonds will fund much of the project.

Pro Bono Project volunteers
-- attorneys, paralegals, law students and laypeople -- have provided legal representation to hundreds of disadvantaged clients, PBP leaders noted at a recent awards banquet. The nonprofit honored many exceptional volunteers, such as "Firm of the Year" Frederick A. Miller and Associates; "Corporate Partner" Harkins, the Florist Inc.; and "Distinguished Service Awardees" Marion Floyd and Christopher D'Amour.

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