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George Shinn,
owner of the New Orleans NBA Hornets, recently joined Hornets player P.J. Brown, National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter and Feed the Children president Larry Jones to announce a partnership that will deliver food and toys to more than 8,000 displaced families in Louisiana in time for the holidays. In addition to being a star for the Hornets, Brown also is a vice president of the NBPA.

Scott Sullivan and Joelle Jarvis,
founders of Las Vegas-based Corps of Compassion, brought Christmas a little early (on Dec. 17 and 18) to families in Gretna and New Orleans. With the help of Feed the Relief and Bay Community Ministries, Corps of Compassion families enjoyed visits with Santa Claus, hot cocoa and treats. Each family received a box of food and a box of Christmas gifts to take home. Sullivan, a self-made businessman, is a native of Baton Rouge.

The Fore!Kids Foundation,
 producers of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, recently announced donations of more than $1 million to children's charities in the New Orleans area. Thirty-eight organizations received money from the 2005 golf tournament, and the 2006 Classic is set for April 24-30 at English Turn — another sign that New Orleans' recovery is progressing. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $13 million to area charities.

LeCharles Bentley,
the New Orleans Saints' center, will be the team's lone representative at the Pro Bowl, which will be played in February in Honolulu. It will be the second trip for Bentley, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Bentley also has been a standout off the field by saying he still considers New Orleans his home — and that he can't wait to return.

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