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Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)

granted $35,000 to eight local nonprofit groups on Nov. 9. EPNO, formerly known as the Crescent Civic Engagement Fund, was founded in 2008 and is comprised of people in their twenties and thirties who each give $500 to an annual fund, which is matched dollar for dollar by sponsorships and contributions.



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Shell Oil Company

gave a $50,000 grant to Reconcile New Orleans in support of Cafe Reconcile's capital expansion. The expansion will include renovation of the restaurant's Central City location, along with a banquet center and a family learning center. Reconcile's Workforce Development Training Program has graduated more than 800 young people into the local hospitality workforce since 2000.



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Joni Sternbach

received the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) for her ongoing "SurfLand" series. The award, named for the great 20th century surrealist photographer, was established last year to honor fine art photographers. NOPA will present Sternbach with the award (which carries a $5,000 prize) Dec. 8 during the PhotoNOLA festival.



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Tony Bennett

spoke at the dedication of Project Home Again's 101st (and last) house at a ceremony in Gentilly Nov. 11. Bennett, a friend of founders Leonard and Louise Reggio, performed at Project Home Again's benefit that evening. The ageless Bennett has a new album of duets with contemporary singers including Queen Latifah, Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse.

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