NOLA Over the Edge raised nearly $80,000 for Special Olympics Louisiana at its annual fundraiser, during which people rappel down the side of Benson Tower in downtown New Orleans. This year, more than 64 people — many of them in costume — rappelled down the building's face, including New Orleans Saints mascot Gumbo the dog.
Peyton Manning and Marshall Faulk, both New Orleans natives, were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last week. Faulk played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams during his 11-year career and attended San Diego State University. Manning played for the Colts and the Denver Broncos over a 17-year career; he attended the University of Tennessee.
Maedell Hoover Braud, a staff member at Loyola University New Orleans who died earlier this year, left the college $10 million to establish the Murphy-Braud Scholarship Endowment Funds. The money will be split between undergraduate scholarships and law students. Braud worked as an administrative assistant to Loyola's dean of arts and sciences from 1948 until her retirement in 1980.