on Freret Street raised $1,244 for the Devon Walker Fund benefiting former Tulane University football player Devon Walker, who suffered a cervical spine fracture in 2012. On Aug. 26, Dat Dog donated a portion of its sales to the fund, and Walker created a new menu item for the restaurant: the Devon Dog.
The St. Bernard Project
completed construction on its 500th home built after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures on the eighth anniversary of the disaster, Aug. 29. Volunteers helped rebuild the home of John and Vanessa Ross. In 2006, Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg founded the organization, which rebuilds damaged homes and provides affordable housing.
received the 2013 Louisiana Writer Award from the Louisiana State Library. Wiltz is an author and biographer whose latest novel is Shoot the Money. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present Wiltz with the award at the kickoff of the Louisiana Book Festival Nov. 2.
Louisiana National Guard
confirmed Sept. 4 it will not recognize benefits for same-sex couples, despite a Pentagon policy issued Sept. 3 that requires the military to honor those benefits. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and ruled that same-sex couples cannot be denied federal benefits given to other couples.