The Milan Golf Scramble
raised $24,000 for Lighthouse Louisiana (formerly Lighthouse for the Blind) at its fourth annual golf tournament at Audubon Park May18. Serving New Orleans for nearly 100 years, Lighthouse Louisiana helps promote independence for blind and visually impaired people by providing competitive employment, classes and technology training. It's the largest employer of the blind in the state.
WDSU-TV and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
raised nearly $55,000 to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Second Harvest volunteers manned the "Help For Oklahoma" phone bank from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 21 and 22. During NBC Nightly News and a network special presentation from Oklahoma, WDSU used local commercial breaks to air donation requests.
donated space inside its Crescent Club development on Tulane Avenue to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), which will place two new quality-of-life officers and at least one sergeant at the District 1 substation. The real estate firm has built more than 500 apartments in four developments along Tulane Avenue.
Sen. Tom Coburn,
R-Okla., appeared on CBS Face the Nation May 26, saying he believes federal disaster relief funds take responsibility from states, while his home state was still suffering from devastating tornadoes. "We've transferred the responsibility for storms and damage to the federal government instead of to the state," he said, adding that the feds should stay out of relief funding.