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Stephen Perry,
president and CEO of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by Meeting News magazine. "Perry continues to fight the good fight for New Orleans, which is struggling to rebuild itself and its hospitality industry nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina," the magazine wrote. This is the second year in a row that Perry has been honored by the publication.

The Links Inc.,
an international organization of more than 12,000 professional women of color, presented hospital and medical supplies to the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic this past weekend during the group's annual governance team meeting. The presentation came during a back-to-school family health fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School on Caffin Avenue. The organization also made a financial contribution to the health clinic and a gift to Touro Hospital.

Karen Gadbois
founded to make sure homeowners are aware when their houses are slated for demolition. After a City Council ordinance streamlined the condemnation process to take 30 days instead of 120, Gadbois stepped up her efforts. She photographs homes on the list, many of which are being worked on, posts them on her Web site and asks owners to contact City Hall. She is asking the City Council to suspend demolitions until the city improves its notification process. Gadbois and her team were recently awarded a $100,000 grant to continue their work.

Terri Crisp,
founder and former executive director of Noah's Wish, a California animal rescue group, had to resign after misspending donations the group received after Katrina. According to former employees and tax records, Crisp used some of the $8 million donated to increase her annual salary from $6,000 to $141,000, hired her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend, and moved operations to New York City. Under an agreement with the California attorney general's office, Noah's Wish must return $4 million in donations.


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