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Louisiana NGO Buzz: City Park, LANO, Salvation Army, VOA, League of Women Voters

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NGOWelcome again to Bayoubuzz's Louisiana NGO where we provide information including press releases from our various organizations throughout the state. Today the focus is upon New Orleans City Park, Baton Rouge League of Women's voters, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Volunteers of America, the Jefferson Chamber, the Salvation Army and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center which has published Hurricane Isaac Guides:




Presented by Friends of City Park and Republic National Distributing Company

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012

Time: 7pm-8pm “Before the Madness”; 8pm-11pm “Martini Madness

Tickets: “Before the Madness” $75 – Exclusive to Friends of City Park Members with reserved seating

               “Martini Madness”   $50 non-members; $45 FOCP Members

Location: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain

Event Chairs: Leigh Morgan Thorpe & Annie Orillac Thibodeaux

Honorary Chair: Fred Holley

New Orleans, LA:  Friends of City Park and Republic National Distributing Company will host the 9th Annual Martini Madness fundraising event on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 7PM - 11PM at City Park’s Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. Proceeds from the event will support the funding of a new train car for the iconic miniature train, the second oldest ride in the Carousel Garden Amusement Park.

Since its inception in 2003, Martini Madness has become one of the most popular adult-only fundraising events hosted by Friends of City Park.  The evening will feature more than 30 specialty martinis ranging from the classic martini to one-of-a-kind creations and exquisite eats from local restaurants. The evening will kick off with a splash of fun at 7pm - “Before the Madness”, an exclusive hour for Friends of City Park Members with reserved seating into the night, and at 8pm the “Madness” will begin. 

Martini Madness 2012 is chaired by Leigh Morgan Thorpe and Annie Orillac Thibodeaux. The honorary chair is Fred Holley.

Tickets go on sale August 24th at midnight and can be purchased at, by calling 504-483-9376 or at the door the evening of the event.  Tickets for “Before the Madness” are $75/person and for regular admission $50/person or $45/person for Friends of City Park members.  Tickets include all food and beverages. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend.

The mission of Friends of City Park is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public. All monies raised by Friends of City Park (FOCP) will be used for the capital needs of City Park at the discretion of the FOCP Executive Board. FOCP is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered charity with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.

League of Women Voters: Is Louisiana for sale


WHERE?  at Drusilla Seafood,

3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

WHEN?  September 20, 2012  Networking:  11:30 a.m. Program at Noon

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Your menu item will be selected when you arrive

Is Louisiana for Sale? The Privatization

of Public Services in Louisiana!

How does/will Privatization of public services affect you,

YOUR family, and the quality of life in your community?

The League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge's monthly Lunch With the League

public forum meeting will be held this Thursday, 09/20/2012  at Noon in the

Audubon Room, Drusilla Place, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge.

This will be a frank discussion of the Privatization of public services

and the long term affects of these actions.  The LWVBR's goal is to present

all points of view and to have the panelists' present solutions on each issue presented,

 so that the audience can leave informed and in position to make up their own minds.

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Tom Aswell - Office of Risk Management - Accepted

Buddy Caldwell - Attorney General/Official Representative

Fred Cerise, M.D. - Former head, LSU Hospital System - Accepted

Kevin Kane - Pelican Policy Institute

Scott McKay - Louisiana Hay Ride Blog

Paul Rainwater - Commissioner, Division of Admin/Official Representative

Scott M. Richard - Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association

Albert Samuels, Ph.D. - Political Science Research - Accepted

Stephen Waguespak - Governor Jindal's Chief of Staff/Official Representative

Questions from the audience are encouraged AFTER the presentations

Please make your reservations TODAY!

 Tickets are $25.00 per person. 

LWVBR Members receive a 20% member discount. 

    Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online with a credit card at WWW.LWVBR.ORG/LWL.html

 and clicking on  "Pay for Lunch Here"   Reservations may be made by  calling (225) 927-2255

or by e-mail at [email protected]  Cash or checks ONLY are accepted at the door.


Membership Application

LANO: Conference to Highlight Business and Nonprofit Partnerships, October 2-3 in Baton Rouge

Former Governor Buddy Roemer will address assembly, joining list of entrepreneurs, foundation and nonprofit experts at River Center event

BATON ROUGE, Sept. 18, 2012—The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, a membership group of nearly 11 thousand nonprofit professionals and supporters statewide, will hold its 15th Anniversary annual conference on October 2-3 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

The two-day program includes 24 classroom-style sessions led by 35 expert presenters and will feature keynote addresses by prominent figures, author Heather McLeod Grant of the Monitor Institute, and former Louisiana Governor, US Representative and successful entrepreneur, Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer, III. 

McLeod Grant will share research that illuminates "Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits," and Gov. Roemer will outline the business case for greater investment in the charitable sector. Other topics include cause marketing, public/private partnerships, social networking and a two-part presentation sponsored by Whitney Bank titled "Politics, Economy and Nonprofit Funding."   Full schedule is available at

Themed "Vanishing Borders—Increasing Impact," the conference reflects growing alignment between mission-centered and for-profit enterprises, which increasingly resemble one another in business and marketing strategy, communications technology and management style. 

According to conference organizers, partnerships between charitable and business communities can improve bottom lines on both sides by opening new markets and finding new applications for proven business models. 

LANO Vice President for Public Relations, Matt Mullenix, said that a slow economy factors into the creation of such partnerships.  "Private donations and government grants are shrinking as sources of nonprofit revenue," he said.  "And more foundations require business planning and ROI that mission-driven organizations may struggle to demonstrate." 

Despite these challenges, the situation is ultimately positive in LANO's view.  "These days, nonprofits need genuine investment, not just donations," said Mullenix. "In the long run, that's the better path to sustainability."

The two-day conference is free of charge to LANO members and $150 to the general public with registration.   Members of the Louisiana Bankers Association will hold a concurrent meeting on October 2 at the same venue.  Discount hotel accommodations are available through Friday, September 21, at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel.  The conference is presented by Whitney Bank, with major support from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Guaranty Broadcasting and Transformyx. 

For more information, and to register, visit:

The Salvation Army receives $10,000 Donation from Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company

New Orleans, LA  (September 18, 2012) – A gift in the amount of $10,000 was presented yesterday to The Salvation Army New Orleans Area Command from Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company in honor of Mr. William “Bill” Hornsby, an employee of the insurance company, for his volunteer commitment to the Army.

In connection with the gift, Mr. John Kordsmeier, Vice-President of Northwestern Mutual, stated, “Northwestern Mutual salutes the efforts of The Salvation Army serving the Greater New Orleans Area in making the community a better place in which to live” and continued by saying “Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company hopes that the contribution will be helpful in continuing the important work The Salvation Army is doing in the area.”

In addition to its ongoing service to the community, as a result of Hurricane Isaac, The Salvation Army New Orleans Area Command recently came to the aid of hurricane survivors and first responders by:

                                        Serving 27,185 hot meals

        Serving 31,618 drinks

        Serving 17,247 snacks

        Providing 257 Wal-Mart Gift Cards

        Providing 1,718 Clean-Up Kits

        Providing 510 Comfort Kits

        Providing 1,190 boxes of food

        Providing emotional and spiritual care to 2,099 people

 Providing 6,397 hours of service

Hurricane Isaac Resource Guide

Dear Friends,

As most of you know, Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana just three weeks ago, leaving many people with damaged homes and property, some unlivable. In addition, many lost important things like food, clothing, medication, and other vital belongings. Unfortunately, countless families and individuals that lost so much have had a difficult time finding the assistance or information they need.  In response to this need, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) has created a Hurricane Isaac Resource Guide to help people navigate the recovery process after the storm.

The guide includes helpful information about insurance claims, mortgages, government disaster assistance programs, working with contractors, and other available relief and recovery resources. In addition, GNOFHAC's certified homeownership speciaists are available to advise homeowners with any recovery-related concerns.

Homeowners seeking assistance should call (504) 596-2100 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment with a homeownership specialist.

Volunteers of America Announce Fresh and Healthy Kitchen and Apartments

WHO:             Volunteers of America; Renaissance Neighborhood Redevelopment Cooperation (RDNC), a subsidiary of Volunteers of America; The Honorable Diana Bajoie

WHAT:            Volunteers of America begins renovation on a multi-million dollar project to develop the Fresh and Healthy Kitchen and apartments in the historic Centennial Cotton Press and Lykes Steamship buildings

            WHEN:           Tuesday, October 2, 2012

                                    11:00 AM

            WHERE:         1770 Tchoupitoulas St. at Celeste St.

WHY:  Volunteers of America will begin renovation and repurposing of the historic properties

Jefferson Chamber

Today, the Jefferson Chamber held its monthly Membership Luncheon which featured guest speaker Dr. Peter Ricchiuti, Assistant Dean at Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business

Dr. Ricchiuti is a renowned public speaker of business and finance. He has twice been named Tulane’s “Top Professor” and has been featured on several major news outlets such as CNN, CNBC, BARRON’S and The New York Times. Ricchiuti is known widely for his humorous demeanor, cunning intellect and excellent reviews.

Please visit the events calendar at

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