Jun 202019
 

The Committee for a Better New Orleans along with its predecessor The Metropolitan Area Committee have been focused on change at systemic levels for 50 years. Pictured, left to right, are CBNO leaders Anthony Carter, Lindsey Navarro, Keith Twitchell and Tim Hemphill. (Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Since 1966 the Committee for a Better New Orleans, or CBNO, and its predecessor The Metropolitan Area Committee, or MAC, have created an inclusive, welcoming environment where community leaders work across race and class lines to craft transparent solutions to the city’s most pressing problems. The brainchild of Richard W. Freeman and the Bureau of Governmental Research, the nonprofit was envisioned as the action organization that could take BGR’s recommendations to the next step through research and advocacy. Sharing many of the same goals and board members, CBNO and MAC merged in 2002. Continue reading »

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May 172019
 
P3 doctors giving Xavier University of Louisiana 2019 Commencement speech

(l-r) Dr. Pierre Johnson, Dr. Maxime Madhere, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr. give the Keynote speech at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2019 Commencement ceremony. The three alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters (via Xavier University Commencement Livestream)

For decades, Xavier University has ranked first in making African-Americans into medical professionals. This status led three young men to study at the university twenty years ago.

Xavier’s 2019 commencement featured alumni Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr., ’01 as keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. The three—who formed a brotherly bond at Xavier—now practice medicine and have co-authored a book about their journey to success.

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May 152019
 
Tyrann Mathieu Foundation welcome reception

(via Tyrann Mathieu Foundation Facebook page)

New Orleans native and NFL Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu will host the 2nd annual weekend of events benefiting his New Orleans-based nonprofit. The weekend kicks off with a soiree at the New Orleans Jazz Market Friday, May 17, and features a Celebrity Kickball Classic on Saturday, May 18.

(via tyrannmathieu.org)

The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission “to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to achieve their dreams in Phoenix and his hometown of New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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May 102019
 

from Green Light New Orleans

Green Light New Orleans, a nonprofit organization working towards a greener future, invites the public to its Spring Block Party on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. The festivities will take place at the Fidelity Bank branch at 1201 S. Carrollton Ave (at Oak St.) and will feature complimentary food and drinks, as well as activities for the whole family.

“Most people know Green Light for our energy efficient light bulbs, and we’re proud to have given away more than 600,000 of them,” said Founder and Executive Director Andreas Hoffman.

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May 092019
 

via givenola.org

750 local nonprofits received more than 50,000 donations and over $5.9 Million during the 2019 GiveNOLA Day. The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy presented their annual giving event on May 7.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Uptown’s Louise S. McGehee School, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum received the highest dollar amounts, while GiveNOLA’s Lagniappe Fund, Team Gleason, and McGehee School had the most donors.

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May 072019
 

By 11:57 a.m. on Tuesday, nearly  halfway through GiveNOLA Day, philanthropists had made 19,902 donations to 723 local nonprofit organizations, totaling $2,688,759, and counting.

GiveNOLA Day, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one-day online giving event. For 24 hours, residents and anyone else who loves the New Orleans region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700-plus participating nonprofit organizations.

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Apr 302019
 

By John Casey, jecasey@my.loyno.edu
Loyola Student News Service

Loyola Mental Health Clinic

John Dewell (left), the clinical director for the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education, delivers remarks at the clinic’s grand opening. Within five days of opening, the center was full. (John Casey, Loyola Student News Service)

A new counseling center aiming to provide mental health services to struggling members of the New Orleans community has opened on the Loyola University Uptown campus.

The Loyola Center for Counseling and Education opened in January, offering sliding-scale services to uninsured and underinsured New Orleanians.

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Apr 162019
 

April 19, 2019 | 6:00-10:30 pm @ Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat’s Annual Hootenanny is here this Friday! The annual fundraising event will take place on the seven-acre farm for an evening in celebration of local food, music, and youth leadership. More than 500 guests enjoy small plates from 25 local restaurants and dance to live zydeco and brass bands.

Join the fun on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. This year’s performances include Louisiana’s own Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys and Grammy award-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Apr 162019
 

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in 2015, after Lycee purchased the building.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The public French immersion school Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans has received a lead gift of $100,000 from Jim and Catherine MacPhaille. These funds are a donation to the recently launched Room to Grow campaign, a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the Priestley building, which will house Lycée’s high school program.

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Apr 152019
 

(image via gopropeller.org)

Tonight (April 15th), Propeller will host a fundraiser for Unity-1 Salon and Beauty School to aid the rebuilding efforts of their owners, Beverly and John Smith. The night will include catered refreshments and live music by New Orleans musicians.

Unity-1, a landmark in the South Broad area for 30+ years, caught fire after a car crashed into the building, destroying everything and taking the life of a client.
Apr 052019
 

photo by Per/se Media Group

The Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show came to New Orleans last weekend, and it didn’t leave without supporting a local shop after tragedy. According to reports, the show director James Bronner and CEO of Kalaidescope Hair, Jesseca Dupart, raised $10,000 for Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon.

The Broadmoor shop was the site of a car crash and three-alarm fire on March 20 which caused several fatalities, injuries and extensive property damage. Continue reading »

Apr 012019
 

People chow down on crawfish from Seither’s Seafood, in Harahan and Clesi’s Catering in Mid-City during the seventh annual Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party outside of the Maple Leaf Bar on March 31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, people gathered in the 8300 block of Oak street, outside of the Maple Leaf Bar to celebrate the legacy of musician and chef Jamie Galloway with live music from the Hundred and One Runners, Billy Iuso, Papa Malie and more — plus crawfish from Seither’s Seafood and Clesi’s Catering. The event serves as a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

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Mar 292019
 

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are among the groups playing at the Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party, known as the “most anticipated event before festival season,”  takes place Sunday, March 31, in the 8300 block of Oak Street.

The seventh annual boil and block party, a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, features live music on two stages .

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Mar 212019
 

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

There are many excellent health care providers in the New Orleans area. One stands out for its almost 200-year commitment and unique wrap-around services – the Daughters of Charity. First at the now-shuttered Charity Hospital and today through 10 neighborhood health centers including one located at 3201 S. Carrollton, the Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, or DCSNO, strive to eradicate health care disparities by providing affordable, high-quality care to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

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Mar 202019
 

This Octavia Street home is among the seven on the Shotgun Tour. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of the Preservation Resource Center)

Shotgun houses are a beloved part of New Orleans’ historic architecture, but can they accommodate the needs of a modern family? This weekend, March 23-24, the Preservation Resource Center’s annual Shotgun House Tour will show off seven Uptown shotgun homes chosen for their smart, innovative renovations.

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