BOUQUET Community Coffee has expanded its 17-year-old Community Cash for Schools program to provide relief for hurricane-affected schools. In addition to the more than $250,000 that schools will earn through the companyÕs ÒclippingÓ program, Community is offering an additional $162,500 in the form of grants to schools that were closed for at least two weeks because of hurricane damage. More than 150 schools received funding under the program. Over the past 17 years, the program raised more than $3.5 million for Louisiana schools.
BOUQUET DHL delivered $25,000 worth of musical instruments to students at Sophie B. Wright Charter School last Thursday. The musical instruments were donated by DHL, a worldwide express delivery company, and Mr. HollandÕs Opus Foundation to help the schoolÕs band director, Paul Batiste, create Sophie B. WrightÕs first marching band program. Enrollment in the band has already reached 50 students, and the new instruments will supplement the 15 previously available to the students.
BOUQUET The PGA TOUR brought more than the worldÕs top golfers to New Orleans for the Zurich Classic last week. Commissioner Tim Finchem also convened an economic forum that brought 80 leaders from Fortune 500 companies to the city. The business leaders were briefed on the cityÕs future and various investment opportunities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and they toured devastated neighborhoods in conjunction with the CommissionerÕs Cup, an annual golf outing for CEOs of the PGA TOURÕs partnering corporations.
BRICKBAT-BRICKBAT-BRICKBAT The Nagin Administration has jeopardized lives and property by not paying for trailers that would put firefighters in vulnerable parts of town Ñ such as Venetian Isles. Eleven trailers for fire crews were in place as of last week, but the seller refused to relinquish the keys because he had not been paid. Last Monday, fire destroyed a home in Venetian Isles in eastern New Orleans after firefightersÕ response time was significantly longer than usual Ñ because the nearest station was 9 miles away instead of just down the road in the unoccupied trailer.