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Civic Duty Shoes

is donating 100 percent of the profits from its new line of sneakers to benefit Common Ground Relief in the 9th Ward. The shoes are made of Tyvek®, the material most often seen on houses under construction or being rebuilt, and the packaging is made from recycled materials. The New Jersey-based Civic Duty Shoes was founded in 2009 by Steven Weinreb after he lost his job.

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Melissa Bourgeois,

a Jefferson Parish-born author now living in California, is contributing a portion of the proceeds from her new novel, Belle Douleur, to the Greater New Orleans Foundation to aid in Gulf Coast oil relief efforts. Bourgeois recently held a reading and signing at the Maple Street Book Shop in Uptown. Belle Douleur means "beautiful pain" in French.

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Patricia Gay

received the Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH). Gay, who has been executive director of the Preservation Resource Center (PRC) for 30 years, was cited by the LEH for growing the PRC from a staff of two to 60 full- and part-time employees. She will be honored April 2 at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, La.

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Sean Payton's Play It Forward Foundation

has provided 18 tractor-trailers of food and household supplies to Gulf Coast families through an arrangement with the international relief organization Feed the Children. The New Orleans Saints coach's donation is going to residents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The food and other goods were delivered Feb. 16 in Gulfport, Miss., and will be distributed this week to 400 families there.


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