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Harvey relief efforts in New Orleans 

Local events and fundraisers

Hurricane Harvey relief efforts began across the New Orleans area almost as soon as the flooding began in Texas. A variety of fundraising programs and events — by restaurants, bars, nonprofits, musicians, comedians, artists, retailers and individuals — already have been held. Here are some upcoming events and ongoing donation opportunities.

Archdiocese of New Orleans
There are a number of fundraisers and donation drives throughout the archdiocese, as well as Archbishop Aymond's Harvey Relief Fund. Visit the website for donation opportunities and drop-off locations.

Big Easy to H-Town Harvey Relief Drive
Finn McCool's Irish Pub, 3701 Bank St., (504) 486-9080
The neighborhood bar holds a series of events to collect money and supplies for Harvey relief efforts. Visit the event's Facebook page for dates, donation information and a list of specific supplies requested.

Del Porto Ristorante
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006;
The restaurant is raising money for the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund by selling raffle tickets until Sept. 30 for a private wine dinner for 10 people. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the restaurant.

Dryades YMCA
2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 522-8811;
The Central City YMCA is collecting gift cards to be distributed to flood victims through Houston's YMCA network. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Dryades YMCA or mailed to P.O. Box 56217, New Orleans, LA 70156.

Ellen Macomber Fine Art and Textiles
1720 St. Charles Ave., (504) 314-9414;
The artist will donate all proceeds from sales of her Texas baby blanket to the Texas Diaper Bank, and proceeds from her Louisiana baby blanket will be donated to the Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank.

From NOLA With Love: Houston Edition
Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 975-0286;
New Orleans musicians perform 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 20 to raise money for hurricane survivors in Houston. The lineup includes Asylum St. Chorus, Dirty Rain Revelers, Los Poboycitos, Margie Perez, One Love Brass Band, Sam Price, Smoke 'n' Bones, Tin Men and Tom Worrel. A second fundraising concert will be held in October.

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts
The GRFA and the family of the late artist George Rodrigue have re-released the artist's We Will Rise Again poster (see cover of Gambit), which Rodrigue originally painted to raise money for Hurricane Katrina survivors. The silkscreened print sells for $500, and proceeds benefit Houston schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund
The fund to aid hospitality workers in Houston is overseen by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Visit the website for a donation form.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana, WWL-TV and SBP established the fund to provide immediate and long-term aid for recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana. Cash donations can be made through the United Way website or mailed to Hurricane Harvey Fund, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank
4319 Carondelet St., (504) 891-5845;
The project works with Junior Leagues and Diaper Bank partners in disaster-affected areas. Needed supplies include diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, feminine products and gift cards to Target and Walmart.

LA/SPCA Transport Program
The project takes in animals rescued from disaster areas and houses them until homes can be found for them. The program has moved hundreds of animals from shelters in the New Orleans area to make room for dogs and cats evacuated from flooded areas. Donations can be made on the website.

MJ's Jewelry & Gifts
1513A Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-6099;
The shop is donating all proceeds from the sale of "Together We Stand" T-shirts and garden flags and Love Texas or Love Louisiana necklaces to relief efforts in Texas.

Mondo and Rosedale restaurants
Mondo: 900 Harrison Ave., (504) 224-2633;
Rosedale: 801 Rosedale Drive, (504) 309-9595;
Chef Susan Spicer's Mondo and Rosedale restaurants are collecting nonperishable food, drinks, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products for Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute in Texas. The program continues through 2017. Bring supplies or show proof of an online or text donation and receive a free Tito's cocktail or Texas beer.

New Orleans for Houston: Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert
House of Blues New Orleans, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999;
The New Orleans Music Community, Barman's Fund and House of Blues New Orleans present a concert 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 to benefit food banks and charities supporting relief efforts. Big Freedia, The Bucktown All-Stars, Irvin Mayfield, Shannon McNally, John Papa Gros, Fred LeBlanc, Susan Cowsill and others perform on two stages. VIP ticket holders can enter at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25-$200.

New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100;
In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, the museum is collecting nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies for southeast Texas residents. Items can be dropped off at NOMA's front desk (no admission is required). People who donate during Friday Nights at NOMA receive a free drink coupon. Requested items are listed on NOMA's website.

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey
The City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Foundation manage the fund, which provides resources to Texas communities recovering from Harvey.

Orleans Parish School Board
3520 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Suite 1045, (504) 304-3520;
The OPSB is holding a drive to collect backpacks loaded with school supplies for Texas children affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations should be delivered to the OPSB central office on the West Bank by Friday, Sept. 15. A list of supplies to place in backpacks is on the OPSB website. The OPSB also has opened enrollment for students displaced by Harvey.

Saintly Skin
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 475-5510;
The skin care and beauty salon is collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries for Texans affected by Harvey. People who donate will receive a $15 Saintly Skin gift certificate.

Second Harvest Food Bank
700 Edwards Ave.; 840 N. Columbia St., Covington;
The organization is collecting bottled water, nonperishable food items, pop-top canned goods and personal hygiene products to be distributed to storm survivors through Texas food banks. Items can be dropped at food bank locations in Elmwood and Covington.

Zeus' Rescues
2520 Napoleon Ave., (504) 309-2144;
The adoption and rescue center has taken in more than 100 animals rescued from Harvey-flooded areas. The group finds foster homes and adoptive homes for pets or, in the case of disasters, transports animals to other shelters that have more room. Visit the website for a donaton wish list, to foster an animal, make a donation or adopt a pet.


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