St Bernard Post

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 Issue 31 - 2020 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana For Advertising Rates Please Contact Our Office at 504-278-7910 Read Our Newspaper Online at ® Meraux Foundation Provides Additional Funding to Feed Those in Need ‘TheyLivedHappilyEverAfter…TheEnd’ See LIBRARY , page 5 By Todd Ragusa Nowmonths into the pan- demic, some locals have lost their jobs and been strug- gling to feed their families. To meet this growing need, the Meraux Foundation stepped in to provide additional fund- ing to the Community Center of St. Bernard, a charity that provides emergency food as- sistance. This latest donation adds to a significant grant the Meraux Foundation made in March that more than dou- bled its annual commitment to the food bank. “We’ve seen the num- ber of people that the Com- munity Center serves triple since the pandemic began,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Meraux Foundation. “My Aunt Arlene created this Foundation to improve the quality of life for the people of St. Bernard, and she always emphasized helping the most vulnerable. We are proud of the work of the Community Center and honored to sup- port them in their efforts.” The Meraux Foundation’s new grant is funding a part- time employee, Risa Wil- liams, who is assisting with operations and coordinating volunteers. “She’s helping bring our operation to another level,” said Jamie Hornberger, the Community Center’s ex- ecutive director. “We are so grateful to the Meraux Foun- dation for making it possible to hire a part-time food pan- try coordinator. The Founda- tion’s first grant allowed us to keep our shelves stocked, and this new grant is expanding our capacity to serve more people.” Anyone interested in helping can volunteer by contacting 504-518-5968 and deliver nonperishable goods to the center at 6800 Patricia St. in Arabi. To apply for assistance from the Com- munity Center, people must provide a valid ID or driver's license, proof of residency, and proof of income. Indi- viduals without income can apply. The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization that was established by ArleneMeraux to benefit the community of St. Bernard Parish by lever- aging its landholdings. To- day, the Foundation’s board of directors is presided over by Arlene’s niece, Rita Gue, and consists of members Floyd Gue, Bill Haines, Chris Haines, and Sidney Torres, III. Guided by Arlene’s vision, the Board is implementing an innovative strategy to cre- ate lasting change and build a better St. Bernard. In re- sponse to the global corona- virus pandemic, the Meraux Foundation created the CO- VID-19 Response Program to provide grants to nonprofits serving St. Bernard Parish. Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Library It has been a summer be- yond our wildest imaginings. Summer reading tradition- ally has meant that librar- ies are overrun with families enjoying visiting performers, story times, crafts, and more. Normally, tables are cluttered with books that readers have looked at, the expected quiet of libraries is shattered by the sound of excited voices, mu- sic, and laughter. The 2020 Imagine Your Story summer reading theme proved to be most fitting as we have had to reimagine our entire way of presenting this popular an- nual summer event. For the past 10 weeks, the St. Bernard Parish Library has tried to stay connected with library friends through its first ever virtual summer reading program. Partici- pants were still able to enjoy story times, crafts, and spe- cial artistic performances all summer long thanks to some very adaptive performers who believed that “the show must go on” and to talented IT managers who suddenly found themselves responsi- ble for developing platforms for safely and easily post- ing numerous programming links, and imaginative library staff who turned corners into filming studios using paper boxes, iPads and bed sheets for green screens. Our 10-week program will come to a close on Fri- day, Aug. 7 with Page Turner Adventures leading the way. Readers have been able to “Imagine their Pirate Story” during the final days of our summer activities. On July 31, Captain Book and the Bookeneers made an appear- ance. Throughout the week crafty kids will be able to help the captain find his treasure with a spyglass craft and a balloon-powered pirate ship. Teen and ‘tween crafters can learn to make their own pi- rate maps, embossed sea- shell rubbings and nautical themed candles. Guest author will be Me- linda Long, who wrote two hilarious and extremely pop- ular pirate picture books, “How I Became a Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Dia- pers”. Summer readers are going to want drop anchor and watch as Page Turner in- terviews this talented author. Summer readers will get the chance to get ready for school a little early…pirate school that is! They might need to brush up on their pirate lingo so that they can join guest performer Pirate Billy Bones, a.k.a. David En- gel from David Engel’s Pirate Readers have been able to “Imagine their Pirate Story” during the final days of the library’s summer activities. Photo Courtesy of St. Bernard Parish Library Annual Rock for Spots Exceeds Goal to Support CANCER/COVID-19 Relief Contributed by Rock for Spots Local doctors put down their stethoscopes and picked up guitars, drums and micro- phones for a benefit concert that raised almost $30,000 for cancer patients and healthcare providers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. John Lyons, founder of the event and chair of the Skin and Soft Tissue Multi- disciplinary Care Team at the Cancer Center, created this fundraiser three years ago to support cancer patients and to raise melanoma and other soft tissue cancer awareness. The fiduciary agent is the regional non-profit organization Festi- gals, Inc. Rock for Spots, which is typically held at a music ven- ue, went virtual this year. Dr. Lyons said, “by going virtual with our fundraiser this year, produced by ACCENT New Orleans, we gained a much larger audience.” The one- night benefit concert featured four bands created by medical doctors and other healthcare professionals. The four physi- cian led bands included Fret Medics, The V – Tones, Blue Verse, and The Cupcake Strip- pers. This year’s proceeds will benefit cancer patients through Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s program One Com- munity, One Goal. “We’re overwhelmed by the incredible support at Rock for Spots this year,” said Dr. Lyons. “Many of us already do- nate time and proceeds from our music hobby to local char- ities, so it makes sense to focus those efforts on cancer care — and we had a great time in the process. This year, we also in- cluded online healthcare pro- fessionals sharing their per- sonal stories of the pandemic.” Rock for Spots is so grate- ful for the sponsors and friends who make this event possible, as well as community part- ners. Rock for Spots was made possible through the generous support of its sponsors — Ro- land and Kay Toups Family, Merck, Humana, the William R. & Melissa C. Legier Fam- ily Foundation, and ACCENT New Orleans, Inc., a DMC Network Company. Rock for Spots will con- tinue to collect donations on its GoFundMe page over the next four weeks. Anyone can support this cause by donating at this link: https://charity.go- rock-for-spots. For more information on Rock for Spots, contact Diane Lyons at 504-952-0205 or dly- .