The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Longue Vue House & Gardens, and Tulane University Family Business Center announced today that they will host a lecture featuring Charles W. Collier at Longue Vue House & Gardens on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The lecture, titled “The Practices of Flourishing Families,” will explore how a family can have a profound effect on its well being by maintaining the right attitude toward—and treatment of—money.  Mr. Collier will also discuss the current day challenges and opportunities that families face and how breakthrough conversations can strengthen families.

Mr. Collier is a nationally known expert on planned giving and family philanthropy.  He is the senior philanthropic advisor at Harvard University and the author of Wealth in Families.  As an advisor in family wealth, he works with hundreds of individuals to shape their philanthropy, help them make tax-wise gift decisions, and advise them on family issues surrounding wealth.

His areas of expertise include helping families focus on the effects of financial wealth on their children, how family philanthropy can enhance family well being, and how financial wealth presents unique opportunities for individual growth.

In his works, Collier also defines the meaning of legacy and encourages individuals to extend the principle of generosity beyond the family unit.

“Many families, including wealthy families, have a narrow definition of family assets or family wealth.  It is my view that the wealth of a family is not exclusively financial,” said Mr. Collier.  “Family wealth has four distinct dimensions: human, intellectual, social, and financial.  I hope that people realize the tremendous importance of the three dimensions beyond financial wealth.”

Sponsors for the event are Villere & Co. and Susan and Bill Hess.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  The lecture will last from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  To make reservations, please contact Shelley Kurtz with the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 504.598.4663 or

Furnishing our Neighbors Foundation
Furnishing Our Neighbors Foundation (FONF) is a New Orleans based, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the recovery of our great city.   Established shortly after Hurricane Katrina, FONF has provided a key piece for thousands in the complex recovery puzzle.  Our non-profit provides high quality furniture at extremely low prices to help complete the transition and recovery process.  As our foundress and President, Mandi Thompson, says, “No matter what life throws your way, you will always need a chair.”



Red Cross Month Starts Off with a Bang

March, officially proclaimed by President Obama as Red Cross Month, has started off with a bang.  On Saturday, two education and recruitment booths, in Plaquemines Parish at the Dollar General Store and at the Bayou Southland Mall in Houma, distributed disaster preparedness materials to hundreds of people from Southeast Louisiana and recruited several dozen new volunteers.  Also on Saturday, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross attended a Family Day at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station.  Volunteers met with members of the armed forces and informed them of the various services made available to them by the Red Cross.

“The Red Cross is excited for all of our plans for the month of March,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter.  “We are eager to meet new faces and let the public know about all that we have to offer in the area.”

Other exciting events are planned throughout the remaining part of March.  Highlights include several more education and recruitment booths throughout our 13 parishes, a large disaster preparedness event at the Whole Foods on Magazine Street on March 21 and the annual Bayou Brunch at Nichols State University.

A detailed list of Southeast Louisiana Red Cross events can be found on the following pages.

Please visit for more information and updates about Red Cross Month.

To volunteer, donate, or receive current information about Red Cross activities, call 1-800-229-8191 or visit  All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports members of the military and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.

UNO to celebrate Einstein Week March 16-20

(March 12, 2009, New Orleans, La.) – The University of New Orleans, Society of Physics students will lead the University of New Orleans Einstein Week 2009 celebration with several special events March 16-20 on the Lakefront Campus. The event will commemorate the 130th anniversary of Einstein’s birthday, March 14, 1879.

All UNO Einstein Week 2009 activities are free and open to the public. The schedule of events follows.

Monday, March 16

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

Wednesday, March 18

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

7:30 p.m., Math Building, Room 102, Einstein and the 50th Anniversary of the Laser will be the topic of a lecture to be presented by Rasheed Azzam, Distinguished Professor and graduate coordinator, UNO Department of Electrical Engineering.

Thursday, March 19

9:30 a.m., UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Lecture and performance by James Oakes, piano, and Gail Blaustein, flute.

Friday, March 20

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

7 p.m. Science Building room 2120, a lecture titled The Dark Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy will be presented by C. Gregory Seab, the UNO Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Professor of Physics.

Following the lecture, the UNO Observatory in room 3001 of the Science Building will be open – weather permitting – for viewing nebulae, double stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. The observatory features a 12-inch f/11 Takahashi Dall-Kirkham computer-controlled telescope.

Call ahead for disability assistance. For more information, call (504) 280-6341 or email


Children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare receive books and food to fuel healthy minds and bodies; City officials join shoppers during cart race through store

WHO:             Neighbors in three New Orleans communities in need of grocery stores;      city officials; representatives from Save-A-Lot, the nation’s leading extreme-value grocery chain, First Book and Second Harvest; and pre-school children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare …
WHAT:          … will gather to celebrate the openings of three new Save-A-Lot grocery stores at an official grand opening “Dollar-Cutting” ceremony to benefit First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need, and The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
WHERE:       Save-A-Lot Food Store
                        1841 Almonaster
                        New Orleans, LA 70117
WHEN:          Thursday, March 12, 2009
                        10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHY:             Save-A-Lot is dedicated to supporting New Orleans with the opening of new food stores in neighborhoods where they are needed most.  The stores will fulfill an important need by providing budget-conscious, quality-focused shoppers with great food at great prices, often in communities ignored or abandoned by conventional grocery chains, especially after the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
The two other new Save-A-Lot stores are located at 2841 South Claiborne and 3610 MacArthur. As part of its commitment to community organizations, activities and events, Save-A-Lot is making a $5,000 donation to First Book and a $5,000 food donation to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Additional Background:
Long part of the New Orleans landscape, Save-A-Lot has a solid history of supporting the area since 2002. The new stores join four existing Save-A-Lot Food Stores that were rebuilt or renovated after Hurricane Katrina (601 Terry Pkwy., 5003 Lapalco Blvd., 6525 Airline Hwy. and 191 Gause Blvd. W. in Slidell). In addition, one of Save-A-Lot’s 15 distribution centers is located in nearby Hammond, La. Approximately 100 employees have been hired at the new stores, which are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The combined investment made by Save-A-Lot to open all three locations is estimated at $6 million.  ‘

St. Tammany Humane Society Joins Kids Day
Covington, LA-The St. Tammany Humane Society is excited to announce its participation in the 7th Annual Kids Day and Family Expo Saturday, March 14th at the Castine Center at Pelican Park and its maiden voyage of the adoption-mobile. The purchase and transformation of the adoption-mobile was made possible through the support and legislative efforts of Congressman Tim Burns, which won the St. Tammany Humane Society a $25,000 grant.The adoption-mobile is an RV turned life-saver, which will be used to transport pets to off-site locations for adoption, education and emergency evacuation.
First stop-Kids Day and Family Expo 2009. The adoption-mobile will come full of enthusiastic, adoptable pets and information about the mission and life-saving efforts of the St. Tammany Humane Society. The St. Tammany Humane Society acknowledges the need to educate children on responsible pet ownership and is excited to have the opportunity to do so in such a fun atmosphere. We rely on the families of St. Tammany parish to open their hearts and homes to our orphaned pets, and we want to take this opportunity to meet, greet and thank them for all they do.
We hope that you will come shake paws with some of the adoptable pets from St. Tammany Humane Society and take a tour of the new adoption-mobile. We will be at the Castine Center at Pelican Park from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. for the 7th Annual Kids Day and Family Expo. For more information, please visit We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to go to to help St. Tammany Humane Society earn points toward their million-dollar make-over!