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Drew and Brittany Brees' Dream Foundation

will donate $1 million to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the couple announced last week on the CBS News show Face to Face. The specific charities have not been chosen. The sum is equal to that donated by the NFL and the NFL Players' Association — combined.

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Waiting Around,

the long-running restaurant industry-based musical by Ricky Graham, will have a special performance Dec. 6 at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Metairie to benefit Episcopal Relief & Development's Hurricane Sandy Response Fund. The show is presented by composer and musical director Harry Mayronne and original cast member Chris Wecklein. For tickets, visit www.stmsaints.-com/waitingaround.

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Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels

of New Orleans are supporting the Ozanam Inn's annual Forgotten Angels holiday event, putting out collection boxes at 15 local hotels for new unwrapped toys and winter clothes. On Dec. 8, chefs from the hotels' restaurants will serve meals to families living in shelters and distribute the gifts to children at a luncheon at the University of New Orleans.

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received an "F" from the March of Dimes for its number of premature births, which now account for 15.6 percent of all births in the state, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The national average is 11.7 percent. According to the March of Dimes, the only state with a worse record is Mississippi, where 16.9 percent of all births are premature.


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