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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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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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