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Louisiana Organizations: Seafood Fest, Touro Gala, UNCF, AMA, Neuroscience Meeting

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Crabs-2Today's Bayoubuzz's Louisiana's Organization Buzz, formerly known as Louisiana NGO Buzz focuses upon the following:

 Neuroscience Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana Seafood Festival Starts Today, Touro 160 Year Gala, Audubon Park Riverview: UNCF, What is a "Like" or a Tweet Really Worth? Neuroscience Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Here are press releases concerning these stories


Louisiana Seafood Festival Starts Today

Louisiana Seafood Festival Happening this Weekend October 12-14

Food, Music, Arts and Crafts Village, Children’s Tent and Chef Demonstrations Among the Highlights

WHAT:           The 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. This year’s festival highlights include: 19 food vendors serving a variety of Louisiana seafood dishes; 20 musical acts across two stages; the Louisiana Seafood Pavilion featuring chef demonstrations from the area’s most notable chefs; arts and crafts village; and a kids pavilion with special activities from the Louisiana Children’s Museum.   

                        Sponsors this year include: Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Miller Lite; Tabasco; Audubon Nature Institute; Entercom Radio; Gambit Weekly;; New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; New Orleans Living Magazine; New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Commission; Our Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine; Republic National Distributing Company; and Where Y’at Magazine.

WHERE:         Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans

WHEN:           Friday, October 12, noon until 10 p.m.

                        Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

                        Sunday, October 14, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

For the complete schedule visit

All proceeds from the festival go back to the community through various programs supported by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. For more information about the foundation visit

Saturday, October 13, 2012" >





WHO:                    Touro Infirmary


WHAT:                  2012 Here for Life Gala


WHEN:                  Saturday, October 13, 2012 

                                6:00 p.m. Patron Party

                                7:30 p.m. Gala Dinner, Cocktails & Entertainment


WHERE:                 New Orleans Marriott

                                555 Canal Street

                                New Orleans, LA 70130


HOW:                  Tickets for the event are on sale now online at For more   information about how to volunteer or become a sponsor, please call 504-897-8435 or email [email protected].


WHY:                   Touro Infirmary celebrates 160 years with its “2012 Here for Life Gala.” This annual event celebrates Touro’s long history in the New Orleans community. The Gala features entertainment by the Preservation Hall-Stars with Leroy Jones, a gourmet meal, open bar and silent auction.


Tickets for the event cost $200 each. For additional information about this event, please visit



Contact:          Katie Fauquier, Deveney Communication, 504.949.3999 ext. 222,

[email protected]



For 160 years, Touro Infirmary has provided New Orleans residents from all walks of life with quality and compassionate care. For additional information, please visit

Fairgrounds Thanksgiving Day


– Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will begin accepting Clubhouse and box seat reservations for the 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season on October 22, one month prior to the traditional opening on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Reservations can only be made by phone on weekdays (through Nov. 21) or live racing days (Nov. 22 and beyond), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at (504) 943-2200.


Reservations for Louisiana Derby Day (March 30, 2013) will not be accepted until January 4. All other dates will be open Oct. 22.



Thanksgiving Day Premium Tables


Options for Thanksgiving Day include four new, exclusive premium tables with the best views in the house – right by the finish line in the Clubhouse’s front row (“along the glass,” as the regulars say, referring to the massive 25-foot-high windows that look out onto the track from the fourth-floor Clubhouse level).


The Chairman’s Table (for six) will offer the ultimate Opening Day experience, including: Thanksgiving buffet, champagne, bar tab, tax and gratuity, a visit to the announcer’s booth to watch John G. Dooley call a race, a visit to the paddock for a race preview with Katie Mikolay, and, best of all, the honor of presenting the trophy to the winning connections of the featured Thanksgiving Day Handicap.


Three President’s Tables (for four or six) will be offered with the same features as the Chairman’s Table, except groups at the President’s Tables will present trophies for earlier races on the program.


The one-of-a-kind Chairman’s Table is $2,500 all-inclusive. A President’s Table for six (two available) is $2,000 and the President’s Table for four (one available) is $1,300.


All other Thanksgiving Day Clubhouse Dining reservations start at $65 per person – at tables of four or six only – and go up to $125 per person, depending on row.


There will be an early first post on Thanksgiving Day at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time.


Other Key Dates


Clubhouse reservations will also open Oct. 22 for a slew of important stakes days and Starlight Racing nights.


Major stakes days this season include Louisiana Champions Day (Dec. 8), Road to the Derby Kickoff Day (Jan. 19), Louisiana Derby Preview Day (Feb. 23) and Louisiana Derby Day (April 1).


The popular Starlight Racing series with live music, DJs, food trucks, drink specials and racing under the lights returns for seven dates: Dec. 28, Jan. 18, Feb. 1 & 22 and March 1, 8 & 15.


Clubhouse admission will be $10 on Graded Stakes Days and Starlight Racing nights. All other programs throughout the 84-day season will carry a $7 Clubhouse admission.


Additional live racing dates that traditionally fill up early are opening weekend (Nov. 23-25), the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) and Mardi Gras Day (Feb. 12).


Clubhouse and Grandstand Boxes


In addition to Clubhouse Dining, fans can reserve Clubhouse or Grandstand boxes for any day of the meet except Louisiana Derby Day.


A limited number of Clubhouse boxes are available daily for $35 (for six) or $17.50 (for three), except for Starlight Racing and Special Events, when the cost is $95 (for six) or $47.50 (for three). Box seat prices include the standard admission charge.


Grandstand boxes by the day go for $20 (for six) or $10 (for three), except for Starlight Racing and Special Events, when they’re priced at $80 (for six) or $40 (for three). Box seat prices include the standard admission charge for Starlight Racing and Special Events.


Call (504) 943-2200 for box reservations.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots


Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs Thanksgiving Day, November 22, through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at


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Audubon Park Riverview: UNCF

It is finally here! 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education! UNCF invites you and your family to celebrate this milestone as we raise funds to help Louisana students get to and through college!

Each year, the Walk for Education attracts thousands of students, parents, educators and community members who believe that education is a priority for everyone. The Walk for Education is the premier education run in New Orleans each year, filled with entertainment, great food, activities and even a fewsurprise guests!

So, lace up a pair and join us this year! Form a team, join a teamor just register yourself online. Corporate sponsors, team captains and volunteers can get involved, too!

The 25th Anniversary New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education is a great event for a great cause. Let your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors know about this event by clicking the Facebook and Twitter buttons below!

We look forward to seeing you at the river!

What is a "Like" or a Tweet Really Worth?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Title: What is a "Like" or a Tweet Really Worth?

Speaker: Nick Yaeger, President and CEO of

Description: Understanding the tools and tactics available to businesses large and small is the first step to achieving a true social ROI for your brand. The value of a Facebook "Like" -- the value of social media in general-- is on the minds of many marketers these days. In a new wave of marketing technology, new marketing companies are sprouting up, seeking to connect the dots in the data gathered by the large marketing platforms. One such new company,, is located in Nashville, TN.

Please join us for the October AMA Northshore luncheon as president, Nick Yaeger, discusses how new technology is engaging customers via social, mobile, and event marketing with the goal of increasing sales. Yaeger will provide us with a roadmap for how we can leverage current digital and social spending to drive behavior that results in a greater return on investment.

In his presentation, Nick will provide: 

A List of Tools in the Marketplace today that Address Needs of Start-ups to Large Enterprises,

Strategic Planning and Analysis Tools to Help you Apply these Technologies Smartly,

Examples of Companies that have Successfully Employed Engagement Technologies and Tactics, and

A Methodology for How you Measure Success.

When: Thursday, October 25th, 2012; 11:30am - 1:15pm

Where: Zea Rotisserie & Grill, 110 Lake Drive, Covington

"The Daily Dime"
Friday, October 12, 2012

Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard’s request for a special session seems likely to fail, according to a survey by The Lens.  Many state legislators believe that Gov. Bobby Jindal would veto any legislation seeking to overturn his recent cuts to public education and healthcare, an action that can only be reversed by an unlikely two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Meanwhile, Rep. Brett Geymann is working with another group of legislators on a package of constitutional amendments to make the budget process more transparent. The group is also interested in lessening the reliance on one-time funds and prioritizing funding for health care and higher education.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his revamped state employee pension plan, arguing that those filing the suit are not affected by the change. Plaintiff Frank Jobert says the governor is incorrect and that anyone in the state can challenge the constitutionality of any law.  

Finally, LSU health-care system’s executive director Dr. Frank Opelka says the state must keep hospitals with 10 staffed beds open so associated outpatient clinics can continue to qualify for federal funds. LSU officials are currently seeking private partnerships for collaborations on services and medical training programs, or the eventual take over of a university hospital.

Neuroscience Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James E. Wyche III Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, will lead a team of Louisiana Tech neuroscientists in presenting a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN) annual meeting, October 15 in New Orleans.

The lecture titled, “Randomization of submaximal glutamate stimulus to interpret astrocyte effect on calcium dynamics,” will be featured as part of Neuroscience 2012 – SfN's annual meeting that provides the world’s largest forum for neuroscientists to debut research and network with colleagues from around the world.  More than 30,000 neuroscientists from around the world are expected to attend the event with over 16,000 presentations scheduled to take place during the five-day conference.

“Less than 10 percent of all presentations at the meeting are chosen for a lecture, so we are excited to share our findings with the neuroscience community,” said DeCoster.  “What we are showing is that different ratios of neurons and support cells (astrocytes) in the brain, as well as the order in which these cells are stimulated, combine to help predict how these cells respond to a subsequent stimulus.  From these studies, we could learn about how brain cells respond to an injury.”

DeCoster believes his team’s research may provide further insights into how the brain handles signals and could lead to a better approach to recovery after a brain injury or in treating brain diseases.  “We hope that this research will give us a better understanding of how the brain works both normally and in disease.”

The lecture will be presented by Kinsey Cotton, one of DeCoster’s Ph.D. students, and will focus on work that was carried out in collaboration with the Louisiana Tech’s mathematics department and with contributions from Drs. Katie Evans and Mihaela Paun, and Ph.D. student Richard Idowu.  The work was also supported in part by funding from the National Science Foundation.

“Having our work showcased in a lecture reflects well on the Louisiana Tech students and faculty who were involved in this research, which was a real collaboration involving both biomedical engineering and mathematics students and faculty,” DeCoster said.  “Our group has already published together, and this lecture will let us update the neuroscience community on our latest findings.”

Neuroscience 2012 will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 13-17.  Through lectures, symposia, workshops, and events, attendees experience innovative neuroscience research.  The conference features thousands of abstracts and provides networking and professional development opportunities for the attendees.


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