Drago and Klara Cvitanovich
received the 2014 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award Nov. 13 at a ceremony at the National World War II Museum. The restaurateurs opened Drago's Restaurant in 1969 and donate more than $150,000 annually to local nonprofit organizations. After Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, their restaurants served more than 75,000 free meals to residents and responders.
The 2014 Jazz Half Marathon
raised more than $350,000 for the Cancer Program at Children's Hospital. The sixth annual event Nov. 1 also included the Thomas Morstead's What You Give Will Grow Cancer Walk to benefit cancer research projects at the Research Institute for Children at Children's Hospital and patients' families.
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
awarded $50,000 in scholarships to Louisiana student winners of its annual art contest. New Orleans area winners include Riverdale High School's Hailey Dupont, Vandebilt Senior High School's Taylor Gonsoulin, Lakeshore High School's Kelli Laderer, Archbishop Chapelle High School's AmyNguyen, and Academy of Our Lady's Brittany Robichaux. Since 2009, the foundation contest has awarded $228,500 in college scholarships.
a former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy, was sentenced in federal court Nov. 10 to 92 years in prison for fraud and identity theft following the disappearance (and likely death) of Albert Bloch. In 2007, Hebert admitted to stealing from Bloch's bank account after leafing through the contents of Bloch's wallet following a car accident. The feds contend Hebert killed Bloch to cover up the theft, though Hebert hasn't been charged with murder.