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New Orleans Pelicans, Saints and Chevron donated $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Enrichment Program June 12. The program runs through June and July and serves more than 500 young people in southeast Louisiana.

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Qiana Lewis provided 70 "gently used" prom dresses for 25 girls at Algiers Technology Academy to wear to their senior prom. Lewis, an official in the New Orleans Police Department's Fourth District, also recruited volunteers to help the girls with hair, makeup and other details to make their prom night memorable.

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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation distributed more than $725,000 to several nonprofit organizations last month, including five in New Orleans. The foundation awarded grants to Broad Community Connections, Einstein Charter School, the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Education Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

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The Brees Dream Foundation and the Dunkin' Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundationdonated $20,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana May 22. Second Harvest is one of nearly 20 Feeding America member food banks to receive funding from the Joy in Childhood Foundation as part of a three-year, $1.5 million commitment.

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Kathryn Hurley,a second-grade language arts teacher at KIPP Central City Primary, was named the only Louisiana finalist for The New Teacher Project's 2017 Fishman Prize. TNTP's award honors 100 public school teachers each year.

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Le Grand Remix received the inaugural French Culture Film Grant from #CreateLouisiana, announced at the 2017 French Film Festival. The $32,500 award aims to help foster new works highlighting French culture.

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Newcomb Art Museum was named Louisiana's 2017 Best Gallery or Museum by the American Art Awards. The award recognized Newcomb for its "interdisciplinary collaborations, innovative programs that engage communities both on and off campus, and shows that pay tribute to their historical legacy."

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Jrue Holiday,a New Orleans Pelicans point guard, received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award recognizing his donation of $31,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for tornado relief efforts. Holiday also was recognized for appearing in the NBA's campaigns promoting gender equality.

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Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2016 photograph of Ieshia Evans, who appears stoic as heavily armored police officers approach to arrest her during protests against police brutality in Baton Rouge last year. YMCA Educational Services was awarded a national Incentive Award from the Coalition of Adult Basic Education recognizing YMCA's computer literacy programs at the New Orleans Public Library.

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New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH)awarded $58,500 in grants to 18 organizations providing food, health care, housing and other services to people and families in the New Orleans area. NOAAHH has distributed more than $3 million to charitable organizations since its first benefit concerts more than 30 years ago.

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The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts awarded $46,500 in college scholarships to 16 high school seniors and juniors who entered the foundation's 2017 art contest. More than 500 students entered.

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The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundationannounced $57,000 in scholarships to 34 students. Destrehan High School graduate and Nicholls State University student Kerry Ford will receive the foundation's Jim Funk scholarship.


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