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Louisiana Children's Museum
has been awarded the second annual Colin and Alma Powell Legacy Award for service to the children of New Orleans in the aftermath of the levee failures. Alma Powell, wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and chair of America's Promise Alliance, which focuses on aiding disadvantaged children, presented the $25,000 award. After experiencing extensive roof and water damage, the museum reopened in June 2006.

Diana Pinckley,
a successful marketing executive and writer, has been honored with the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award, which was created in 2007. Pinckley is a key member of the New Orleans advocacy group Women of the Storm. She also advises the Edible School Yard, an organization that provides hands-on gardening and cooking experiences for area school children, and serves as a volunteer expert for Loyola University's ECOnomics Institute, which promotes the Crescent City Farmers' Market.

New Orleans Rotary Club & New Orleans Fire Fighters Foundation
have raised $75,000 through the sale of the 2008 New Orleans Fire Fighters Look Hot Calendar, with all sales proceeds going toward the purchase of new uniforms for New Orleans firefighters. Following the levee failures, more than 80 percent of New Orleans firefighters suffered personal losses from the flooding, including uniforms. The rotary club and the foundation have collaborated since 2006 on various projects.

George Rodrigue,
Louisiana's renowned Cajun artist, shattered all attendance records for living artists at his recently concluded New Orleans Museum of Art exhibition, Rodrigue's Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs and Beyond Katrina. The 14-week show was the most comprehensive display of Rodrigue's works ever assembled. NOMA officially estimated that more than 52,800 visitors had viewed the exhibition. On the show's final weekend (June 6-7), the line to get into NOMA stretched out the door and around the building.

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