The Galatoire Foundation raised more than $35,000 for Lighthouse Louisiana and Liberty's Kitchen at its annual Christmas table auction Dec. 1. Lighthouse Louisiana serves blind and vision-impaired people, and Liberty's Kitchen provides job training and healthy meals for at-risk youth. Since 2006, the foundation has raised more than $1 million for local charities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans awarded $10,000 to Special Olympics Louisiana Nov. 17. The grant will fund "Olympic Town" at the 2015 State Summer Games. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation granted $280,000 to the Sankofa Community Development Corporation for its Health, Education, Agriculture and Leadership (HEAL) project, which promotes healthy lifestyles in schools. The HEAL program currently is in place at ARISE Academy and will expand to St. Paul Lutheran School next year.
Janet Smith, a New Orleans bail bondswoman, pleaded guilty to fraud in U.S. District Court Dec. 4 for allowing an unlicensed bondsman to use her name, insurance information and license for as long as six years until 2012. Smith will be sentenced in March and faces up to five years in prison.