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Phi Beta Sigma,

a predominantly African-American international fraternity, is donating $85,000 to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to build an affordable home for a local family. The fraternity was scheduled to hold its 2009 convention in Washington, D.C., but decided to move the event to New Orleans to help the city. During the July convention, fraternity members will help construct the donated home, working side by side with the family purchasing it.


Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans,

a grassroots citizen activist group, will receive the Outstanding Leader in Citizen Participation award from the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, an advocacy group focused on changing the state's juvenile justice system by sponsoring legislation for prison and court reform. The award recognizes the work of Citizen 1's criminal justice reform committee and its mission of bringing public attention to the critical needs of area youth.


Catherine C. Kahn

is the first nonphysician employee to receive Touro Infirmary's Judah Touro Society Award. As an archivist, Kahn organized and managed the hospital's records, which date from 1852, providing a snapshot into the history of New Orleans and its Jewish community. Additionally, Kahn volunteers at Temple Sinai, the Southern Jewish Historical Society and Friends of New Orleans Public Library. She also represents Touro at historical and archival events across the country.


James Perdigao,

a lawyer who admitted stealing $20 million from his former firm, Adams & Reese, was sentenced last week and ordered to pay more than $23 million in restitution to the law firm, the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Department of Revenue and others. Perdigao pleaded guilty to 30 federal felony charges in November. A gaming lawyer who once represented Boomtown Casino, Perdigao was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon.

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