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The Contemporary Arts Center received a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award will support programming at the CAC in fall 2017 and spring 2018.

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"With Love From NOLA" was organized quickly by local restaurants to provide immediate financial help to Houston hospitality workers affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Aug. 29, more than two dozen New Orleans restaurants accepted gift cards to be dis-tributed to servers and others who need immediate help.

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Britney Spears will donate $1 for each ticket sold to her Las Vegas revue, "Britney: Piece of Me," to the Louisiana School Boards Association, a federation of all the public schools in the state. Spears, a multiple Grammy Award winner, is a native of Kentwood.

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Julie Stokes, a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Orleans (UNO), is the 2017 recipient of UNO's Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award, the university's highest honor. Stokes, a CPA, represents Louisiana's House District 79.

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Amy Kirk-Duvoisin, founder of the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc, was recognized as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government July 21. Kirk-Duvoisin received the award during a ceremony at the residence of Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana

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J. Wayne Leonardwas named a recipient of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's Alexis de Tocqueville Award, the organization's highest honor. The former Entergy Corporation chairman and CEO, who is a former chairman of the New Orleans United Way Board of Trustees, will receive the award at a New Orleans event Oct. 12.

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The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust donated $40,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana, which provides housing at the Ronald McDonald House on Canal Street to families of pediatric patients receiving care in New Orleans. The donation allows the organization to buy a 12-passenger van to transport families and patients to their doctors.

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Fifth District Savings Bank awarded two $500,000 grants to the New Orleans Mission's renovation on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The $5 million renovation project will include job training classrooms, an updated kitchen, a new chapel, re-modeled rooms and other services.

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Team HOPE NOLA, founded in 2016 by rapper Master P and New Orleans Pelicans coach Robert Pack, repainted the Guste senior housing development and donated computers, a TV and new furniture for the community room as part of Essence Festival's Day of Service June 29. Essence also hosted its inaugural Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit Team HOPE.

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Patrick Murphree, a 2016-2017 student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was honored by the Clinical Legal Education Association for his work with vulnerable and abused immigrant youth. Murphree, a recent graduate of Loyola's law school, also was awarded a Spirit of Ignatius Award by the university.

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New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Funddistributed $90,000 to East Jefferson General Hospital's H. Ryan Aucoin Financial Assistance Program, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans' Genetic Testing Cancer Program and Ochsner Health System's Adolescents & Young Adult Cancer program. The fund has raised more than $1 million since its inception.

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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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