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Kelly Gibson,
professional golfer and former PGA tour player, raised more than $1 million through "Feed the Relief," which provided meals to first responders after the 2005 levee failures. Wanting to aid in the recovery, Gibson, a fifth-generation New Orleanian, put his career on hold in order to concentrate on charitable endeavors, which include conducting golf clinics for kids and serving on the Fore!Kids Foundation committee that raises money for local charities through the Zurich Classic, the New Orleans stop on the PGA tour.

Joel Myers
was awarded the "2008 Outstanding Pioneer Award" for advocacy at the National Council of Jewish Women's convention in Chicago. For more than 50 years, Myers has promoted civic involvement by educating the public and encouraging people to become active in the democratic process. Most recently, Myers organized the NCJW-sponsored "Louisiana Gubernatorial TV Debate" and a nationally televised mayoral debate, and also created a kids' yoga class and a tutoring program at the New Orleans Public Library.

Peja Stojakovic,
the Hornets' star forward, raised $90,000 (including $45,000 of his own money) from his inaugural "Charitabowl" bowling event. His teammates and other local celebrities also attended, signed autographs and participated in silent and live sports memorabilia auctions. The funds will go to Stojakovic's "Courts for Kids," which builds or refurbishes basketball courts in economically disadvantaged areas and supplies them with equipment. One of the courts Stojakovic's group will rebuild is in the Iberville housing project.

Mayor Ray Nagin
has refused to divulge what percentage of his sons' countertop business, Stone Age LLC, he owns. In 2007, the company was awarded a contract with four area Home Depot stores for installing granite countertops — while the city was negotiating with the hardware retailer for tax breaks and land acquisition for a new store on South Claiborne Avenue. If Nagin and his wife own 25 percent or more of the business, he may have violated state ethics law. By not fully disclosing his interest, Nagin has broken the public's trust.

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