New Orleans area briefs for Dec. 30, 2012

New Orleans earns budget award

The city of New Orleans has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association, which recognizes state and local governments that prepare budget documents of the highest quality.

The documents reflect guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.

This is the fourth year the city has been recognized with this award. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

St. Charles Parish Finance Department was also awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2011 report.

The award marks the 15th consecutive year the parish has received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement.

Service day for
the Super Bowl

Super Saturday of Service, a citywide service project is slated for Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII, with the Young Leadership Council and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity serving as the officials managing partners.

The Host Committee, in collaboration with the NFL, city of New Orleans, and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, developed the Super Saturday of Service concept.

Super Saturday is a $2 million legacy program benefiting NORDC playgrounds and their immediate surrounding areas.

The city and NORD Foundation, through a grant from Chevron, raised the resources to get matching funds from NFL Charities.

Volunteers will participate in the renovations of five NORDC playgrounds, their communities plus the current NFL Youth Education Town leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.

Major capital improvement projects will take place at Lyons Center, Hunter’s Field, Kingswood Playground, Harrell Stadium and Pontchartrain Park.

Immediately following the championship game, Harrell Stadium, in the Hollygrove neighborhood, will be the recipient of the Super Bowl game turf directly from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as part of the Super Bowl legacy program.

Volunteers will help complete additional projects at each site in cooperation with local, non-profit organizations.

Individual and group volunteers can participate in a number of ways including tree planting, painting, or assisting sanctioned non-profits with their projects at each site.

“Local non-profit organizations with a history of conducting community service projects are encouraged to participate in the Super Saturday of Service by contacting Jeremy Boyce, service@nolasuperbowl.com, to receive information.

Individuals interested in participating in other 2013 Super Bowl volunteer opportunities may text the word “super” to 63566 or register as a Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation volunteer online at www.nolasuperbowl.com.

Foundation releases giving guide

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has released its IMPACT 2012 Giving Guide, which profiles local organizations that feed the hungry, house the homeless, care for the sick, visit prisoners and teach children.

The 38 nonprofits profiled in the IMPACT Giving Guide are 2012 IMPACT grantees, winners of the foundation’s highly competitive IMPACT program, which recognizes the best of the best nonprofits in the following categories: arts and culture, human and social services, education and youth development.

The IMPACT 2012 Giving Guide is available online until the end of the year at www.gnof.org/impact-giving-guide.

Renovator
training offered

The Preservation Resource Center is offering First-Time Renovator Training, a new two-session program aimed at people undertaking their first renovation project, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23 at 923 Tchoupitoulas St.

The course is the first of a three-part series.

Topics covered include an analysis of the pros and cons of renovating; how to select a project that is right for you and your budget; and financing options, including 203(k) renovation loans and rehabilitation tax credits.

The training is helpful for anyone trying to purchase their first home on a limited budget, as well as anyone who is thinking of renovating for the first time who wants to do the best job possible and maximize their renovation budget.

For information or to register, call (504) 636-3399 or email sblaum@prcno.org. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The event costs $35 for PRC members, $40 for non-members and $50 per household.

Besh honored by Marine Corps

Chef John Besh, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was honored earlier this month by the U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, which dedicated its Oath-Of-Enlistment room to him.

The Oath-of-Enlistment Ceremony Room is dedicated to an individual who is considered a living hero and who used the military as a stepping-stone for life.

Besh was selected for the honor because of his continued service to his country and his community after his time in the Marines.

Kenner secures championship

The Kenner Parks and Recreation Department has secured the Amateur Athletic Union 5th Grade Girls Basketball National Championship for 2016.

Kenner was selected from several applicants seeking to obtain the AAU bid.

In August, Kenner signed a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Jefferson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to market the city as a tourism destination, encouraging conventions and other events to come to Kenner.

The AAU Championship is the first major event secured by this partnership.

Kenner TV also contributed to the bid package with a video promo, “Let the Magic Return.”

The video highlighted the past experiences of AAU events in Kenner and promoted new amenities Kenner has to offer.

The week-long tournament is expected to host 60 to 75 teams.

Kenner will use the Pontchartrain Center, Alario Center and other city gymnasiums for this competition.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau