outgoing president and CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, received honors from the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives for his 40 years of serving the organization. The Louisiana Legislature commended Ostroske for United Way's recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil disaster and Hurricane Isaac.
Gary Solomon Jr.
was included in Inc. magazine's "30 Under 30: World's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs" list for 2013. The Solomon Group president is listed along with entrepreneurs behind companies like Pinterest, Spotify and Instagram. Solomon co-founded the Solomon Group in 2009 to build interactive installations, live productions and events.
The Family Independence Initiative
awarded a $10,000 Torchlight Prize to Camp Congo Square, a low-cost, two-week New Orleans cultural summer camp for kids. The Oakland, Calif.-based initiative was founded by 2012 MacArthur Genius Award recipient Maurice Lim Miller, and its 2013 Torchlight Prize recognizes four community-driven organizations from across the country.
The Louisiana House Education Committee
killed an amendment on May 29 to repeal the Balanced Treatment for Creation Science and Evolution Science Act, which once required schools to give equal weight to creationism and science. The U.S. Supreme Court declared the act unconstitutional in 1987, but its language still stands in Louisiana law.