May 222018
 

New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance Group recently announced its $1M donation to the National WWII Museum to support their newest virtual experience, “Los Veteranos: Latinos in World War II.”

José S. Suquet, chairman of the board, president & CEO for Pan-American Life (left) and Stephen Watson, president and CEO of the National WWII Museum (right) commemorate the launch of the museum’s newest virtual experience, “Los Veteranos: Latinos in World War II.” (Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer)

The virtual field trip is an interactive, live-streamed educational program that explores the WWII experiences of Latino veterans and their postwar fight for equality in the United States. This donation by Pan-American Life will further the educational mission of the Museum through free program access to students across the nation during National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15).

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May 152018
 

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There’s No Place Like Home, presented by Leslie & Scott Jacobs, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter (NOWCS).

The gala on Thursday, May 17 will feature live music by Caren Green & Cornbread and a silent auction. NOWCS will honor Debbie Rees with the inaugural Jackie & Dan Silverman Homeless Champion Award as they celebrate 10 years of service to the community. Continue reading »

May 042018
 

Chef Alon Shaya is opening his new restaurant, Saba, today on Magazine Street, and is raffling off a private dinner for 14 to benefit Habitat for Humanity as part of his opening celebration. Continue reading »

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May 012018
 

If every community member bought just one cup of coffee at Stella’s each month, that $1.50 per person would be enough to sustain the Community Commitment Education Center.

The CCEC is founded on the premise of one neighbor helping another. Our primary goal is to connect the people of our community with the available resources: Community Advocacy, Communication/Literacy Skills, Social Skills Training, Emergency Financial Assistance.

We’ll be keeping busy with a health fair this month and summer camp starting in June, so here are some ways people like you can get involved and support: Continue reading »

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May 012018
 

McDonogh 35 Senior High School’s marching band performs during Battle of the Bands at the “Instruments A-Comin” benefit concert, silent auction and community arts fair in front of Tipitina’s Monday evening. The fundraiser also includes a benefit concert with all proceeds dedicated to placing instruments in New Orleans school music programs (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

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Apr 192018
 

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Girls on the Run, a confidence-building program serving nearly 300 school-age girls across the New Orleans area, will celebrate the culmination of this year’s 10-week training program with a 5K race open to the public on Saturday morning in Audubon Park. Continue reading »

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Apr 122018
 

Springtime and warmer weather means it’s time to revel in all that New Orleans holds most dear: our vibrant music culture, delectable cuisine, and our youthful spirit! The Hootenanny on Friday, April 20th is Grow Dat Youth Farm’s party with a purpose that benefits Grow Dat Youth Farm’s programs. Tickets at growdatyouthfarm.org.

The event will showcase the captivating talents of New Orleans’ own Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble followed by ToBeContinued Brass Band. Guests will enjoy hometown brews, craft cocktails and small bites from 27 beloved local restaurants like Pagoda Cafe, Marjie’s Grill, Barrel Proof, and Restaurant R’evolution. Youth will also be leading farm themed games and speaking about their experience at Grow Dat.

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Feb 282018
 

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Much of St. Charles Avenue will be closed Sunday morning for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.

(map via Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon)

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Feb 082018
 

The Project Live & Achieve Rally for Excellence was held on February 2, 2018, and brought together over 5,000 students and community members from across New Orleans. (via Inspire NOLA Charter Schools)

The Project Live & Achieve Rally for Excellence was held at Xavier University on February 2, 2018, and over 5,000 students and community members from across the New Orleans area attended. The audience was inspired by speakers including Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Feb 062018
 

A New Orleans Police truck filled with donated food travels the parade routes before and after parades so officers can grab something to eat during their long shifts. The truck was set up by the New Orleans Polie and Justice Foundation. You can donate on their website or at their headquarters. (Photo by Sofia Samayoa)

By Sofia Samayoa
Loyola Student News Service

While keeping people safe and keeping the parades in line, many New Orleans police officers patrolling during Carnival have no time to eat during their 8- to 12-hour shifts.

To provide some relief, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation created “Adopt-A-Cop,” so people can donate food or money to help feed the officers while they patrol the parade routes. Continue reading »

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Feb 062018
 

Eat NOLA Noir shows off merchandise at their pop-up event at Backatown Coffee Parlour (Kerri Ebanks)

Story by Kerri Ebanks
Special to NOLA Messenger

Walking into Backatown Coffee Parlour while DJ Chinua is spinning Caribbean Funk vibes could make you feel a little guilty because you’re out on a weeknight, but when it’s carnival season, the word “guilt” is never mentioned. There’s more of a crowd than there would be on a typical weekday, and that’s all due to a pop-up event hosted by Eat NOLA Noir.

(l-r) Zella Palmer and Erica Durousseau, founders of Eat NOLA Noir (Kerri Ebanks)

Just in time for Black History Month, Eat NOLA Noir previewed New Orleans Black Dining Week last Wednesday (Jan. 31) at Backatown. The semi-annual event will begin Feb. 12 and last until Feb. 24. The organizers previewed what’s to come for the themed cuisine week, set to bring more exposure to Black-owned eateries in New Orleans through social exchange. Continue reading »

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Jan 112018
 

Sister Jane Remson and Deacon John talk in front of the Jax Beer mural at Rock N Bowl where they are hosting an 8Oth birthday party for Allen Toussaint Sunday night that will raise funds for the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness. (photo via Danae Columbus)

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Sr. Jane Remson, O’Carm, has devoted her entire life to serving the community. Descended from a line of hearty Germans who brewed Jax Beer and owned Frey Meats, Remson took her vows right out of Mt. Carmel Academy as an expression of her faith.

A trained medical technologist who opened hospital laboratories in the Philippines and was a leukemia researcher at Tulane, Remson was director of Bread For The World at Loyola University when Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville approached her about raising money to feed and house New Orleanians in need. With support from former Mayor Dutch Morial and his then city attorney Michael Bagneris, the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness NOAAHH), held their first benefit concert which took in $30,000.

More than 35 years and $3 million dollars later, NOAAHH will celebrate Allen Toussaint’s “Legacy of Caring” with a benefit concert Sunday evening at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl. Marcia Ball and Deacon John and the Ivories will headline the show. “As a co-founder, Allen Toussaint was incredibly instrumental to the success of the NOAAHH all these years. Because of his generosity and the support of dozens of other musicians, NOAAHH has been able to help feed thousands of people and address the problems of homelessness in our community,” said Remson, who now serves as NOAAHH’s president emeritus. Continue reading »

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