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William Goldring,

CEO of Republic Beverage Co., will be honored by the Tocqueville Society of United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area at its gala in November. Goldring also is president of the Goldring Family Foundation and the Woldenberg Foundation, which have given millions to New Orleans philanthropic causes. Kim Sport, chairman of the Tocqueville Society, said in a statement that Goldring was chosen "because of the scope of his philanthropic leadership and his many years of selfless service."

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Alfred Music Publishing

donated $250,000 worth of sheet music, band arrangements and instructional DVDs to the Tipitina's Foundation, which is teaming with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to distribute the materials to New Orleans music faculty. It's the largest in-kind donation ever to the Tip's Foundation, which has provided more than 5,000 musical instruments to schools and musicians since Hurricane Katrina.

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Allene Thaller,

a 10-year cancer survivor, will be the 2010 Honorary Survivor of this year's New Orleans Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. Thaller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2000, underwent aggressive cancer therapy and eventually became a volunteer for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. This year's race will begin at the Roosevelt Mall in New Orleans City Park on Oct. 23 and follow a 5-kilometer course.

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David Vitter,

Louisiana's embattled junior senator who is up for re-election on Nov. 2, has agreed to just one debate this campaign season, continuing his tack of ducking media, voters and his opponents since his prostitution scandal broke in 2007. Vitter agreed to four debates when he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, but this year he is refusing to participate in five of the six major debates that have been proffered by TV stations and good government groups.


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