head coach of the New Orleans Saints, raised nearly $1 million at his third Black and Gold Gala, with proceeds benefiting his Play It Forward Foundation, which awards grants to organizations for children and families in need. This year the funds will benefit Feed the Children, the John Besh Foundation and the New Orleans Saints Courage House at the Rickey Jackson Community Hope Center.
donated $23,000 on Oct. 10 to Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana as part of a $250,000 national donation to children's charities. The spine technology company, in New Orleans for the annual North American Spine Society convention, granted the funds in honor of Dr. Mike Leahy, who participated in the company's "Pledge to Be a Hero" program.
Peoples Health and Catholic Charities
distributed food boxes on Oct. 1 to nearly 700 Bogalusa residents in need through Catholic Charities' Food for Families/Food for Seniors initiative. The program packages and sends food boxes to more than 120 sites in Louisiana for monthly distribution, mostly to senior citizens, pregnant women, new mothers and children under 6 not receiving WIC program funds.
a former state representative from Harvey, pleaded guilty to three counts of tax fraud in U.S. District Court Oct. 10. Jackson resigned from the Louisiana House of Representatives in August, after the charges were filed. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9, 2014, and could face up to three years in prison.