awarded $3,500 to the Louisiana SPCA to benefit its low-cost spay-neuter program. The foundation, formed in 2011 as the philanthropic wing of BISSELL Homecare, has awarded more than $2 million to animal welfare organizations since its inception. The Louisiana SPCA provides medical care and other services to 20,000 animals each year.
Pascal F. Calogero Jr.,
former Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice, was named the recipient of the 39th annual Ben Smith Award from the ACLU of Louisiana. Calogero began serving on the high court in 1973 and was chief justice from 1990 until his retirement at the end of 2008. The Ben Smith Award recognizes people who have worked to advance civil liberties in the state. Calogero will receive the award at a ceremony May 8.
was named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' (LEH) 2015 Humanist of the Year. New Orleans-born Roberts, the senior political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, has won several Emmy Awards and has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Roberts will receive the LEH award at a ceremony April 23.
Several Baton Rouge
rode a Spanish Town parade float Feb. 14 mocking Stephanie Ford, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by her reality TV star father Will Hayden of Sons of Guns. The "Krewe of Sleaziana" float featured Ford's face with the phrase "a face only a father could love." A Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman told The Advocate the officers were off duty when they rode in the parade but are under investigation.