Dining Out for Life
marshaled 95 New Orleans restaurants to donate a portion of their sales on July 18 to the NO/AIDS Task Force. The event raised nearly $100,000. Since 1983, the NO/AIDS Task Force has reached thousands of people each year through its HIV prevention education efforts, clinics, food pantry and care services.
Drago's Seafood Restaurant
celebrated founder Drago Cvitanovich's 91st birthday July 14 by donating 100 percent of its proceeds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. The restaurant donated more than $20,000, including daily donations made throughout the week. In 2012, the restaurant donated more than $100,000 to the St. Bernard Project for the founder's birthday.
Duck Dynasty stars
Marsha Kay, Willie and Korie, John Luke and Sadie Robertson helped raise more than $280,000 for Homes of Hope for Children in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Louisiana stars of the popular A&E reality show hosted a fundraiser July 20 for the ministry that offers education, counseling and transitional living to disadvantaged youth.
The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board
was slammed by New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux in a July 23 report, which said the board's collections system is "ineffective and should be changed or the City will fail to collect many millions of dollars in the coming years." Quatrevaux found that from 2010 to 2011, 35 percent of customers had delinquent fees, which were under-billed 81 percent of the time.