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Actually, this photo shows Leo Nocentelli (center), Allen Toussaint (left) and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (right) accepting the Heroes of the Storm award on behalf of the Music Rising foundation on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.  The group Friends of New Orleans gave the award; presenting it is Friends executive director Emily Byram. The small ceremony took place during a concert to help remind convention attendees that there is much work to be done on the Gulf Coast. Music Rising was organized by U2’s The Edge, producer bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Since the storm, Music Rising has donated 2700 instruments directly to musicians and helped schools and churches rebuild music programs. There are many foundation partners that have contributed to efforts to support  music and music education on the Gulf Coast, including the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund. Music Rising support also helped Preservation Hall reopen in April 2006.

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