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  • National WW2 Museum gets $20M, includes 150-foot-high canopy

    March 24, 2015 2:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former board chairman has given the National World War II Museum $20 million, half of it for a 150-foot-tall canopy that will shade the courtyard and some buildings. Officials say it's the museum's biggest donation ever. At a live-streamed news conference Tuesday, Boysie Bollinger, chairman and... more »
  • OLOL honors top blood donors check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 29, 2015 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The availability of blood can mean life or death for people involved in an accident of living with a deadly disease. That's why the Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center is taking time to thank those that devote their time and blood to helping save... more »
  • $40M donation to LSU largest in school history

    January 28, 2015 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Wednesday the university received a $40 million planned gift that will benefit athletic and engineering scholarships. A university spokesperson said once fully realized, the donation from an anonymous alumni will be the largest planned gift in the school's history. "This is a significant... more »
  • Family of teen killed in crash donates teddy bears to APSO

    January 28, 2015 2:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office received a cuddly care package of comfort for future children in need Wednesday as a Prairieville family, recovering from the loss of their teenaged daughter who was killed in a car accident last month, donated hundreds of teddy bears to law enforcement. ... more »
  • Equipment donated for HazMat training

    January 20, 2015 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police released details Tuesday about several pieces of equipment which were recently donated to train troopers in hazardous material response. State Police said the equipment includes train cars and highway tanker trailers, which were used to set up a new HazMat training field at... more »
  • Nubian Kruzers preparing to deliver holiday cheer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Nubian Kruzer United Motorcycle Club and Capital City Rotary are getting ready to spread Christmas cheer with the 9th annual Christmas Toy Drive and Kruzer Delivery. They need your help this year to reach their goal of collecting over 6,000 toys, but you are running... more »
  • Donated pianos unveiled at LSU School of Music

    December 1, 2014 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A donation of Steinway pianos to LSU turned into a larger benefit than initially planned. The university School of Music said 19 practice pianos were donated Monday by the George Rodrigue Foundation, four more than were initially announced. The Steinways were purchased through sales of... more »
  • Donate food in December to ditch library fines

    November 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Next month at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, patrons with past due fines erased in exchange for non-perishable food items as the parish library pitches in to feed the less fortunate for the holidays. According to an EBRPL spokesperson, patrons can donate non-perishable food items... more »
  • Local church recovers from burned bus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 13, 2014 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The New Philadelphia Full Gospel Baptist Church is moving forward after losing a major means of transportation for the congregation. Pastor Curtis Shepherd says, since the church's bus caught fire last week the church has come together in supporting one another. The bus was used... more »
  • Medal of Honor Museum

    September 8, 2014 7:44 PM

    MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA- Texas Billionaire H. Ross Perot donated millions for a planned National Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina outside Charleston. It'll be a much larger museum adjacent to the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant. He would not say how much he gave but the... more »
  • The Lemonade Challenge: Friends remember Bella Bowman check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2014 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Bella Bowman Foundation is getting ready for their Charcuterie, Pâtés & Rosés event next Thursday, but some of Bella's friend are remembering the courageous 7-year-old and raising money for her foundation in the process. 7-year-old Bella Bowman was diagnosed with ependymoma brain tumor in January... more »
  • Dow gives LSU $2M for engineering facility

    July 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU College of Engineering received a combined $2 million donation from the Dow Chemical Company in efforts to expand facilities and support student research. The $2 million gift is designed to help create a student leadership center in Patrick F. Taylor Hall which houses the... more »
  • Charity collection boxes placed without permission check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2014 5:22 PM

    WATSON - A pair of donation boxes that showed up outside a car wash on Highway 16 is causing some problems for the property owner, who never gave permission for the collection boxes. Dana Rushing, the owner of Eagle Auto Spa, had a problem with the same boxes just... more »
  • Jade's Flowers keeps giving despite hard times check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Jade Mitchell is just $300 shy of donating $10,000 by 2014, despite heartbreak at home. Ten year old Jade Mitchell has been selling duct tape flowers through her business, Jade's Flowers, for a year and a half. She donates all of her profits to the Denham... more »
  • 8,000 coats for Baton Rouge Kids check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of children now have new jackets from Pat's Coats for Kids. Pat Shingelton's coat drive is in its 25th year in Baton Rouge. He and a large group of volunteers spend five months getting names and sizes for coats. On distribution day, the coats find... more »
  • Help with heating costs this winter check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When Entergy and DEMCO users add donations onto their bills, the money goes to struggling bill payers in their area. Entergy just gave the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging $33,000 to help low income elderly or disabled Entergy users. Each customer is limited on the... more »
  • Jindal signs bill allowing donations of fish, game

    June 18, 2013 6:15 PM

    SHREVEPORT - There shouldn't be any hang-ups if hunters and fishermen want to donate their catch to nonprofits that feed the hungry. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday signed a bill by Keithville Sen. Sherri Buffington that allows for the donations. The legislation came after state health inspectors destroyed 1,600 pounds... more »
  • Center opening for blood donations after explosion

    June 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A blood center in Baton Rouge asked people for more donations to help local hospitals after a chemical plant explosion today in Geismar. LifeShare Blood Centers provide blood for Baton Rouge General, where several people injured and burned in the explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical... more »
  • La. donates food to Oklahoma tornado survivors

    May 31, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say Louisiana companies are donating food and supplies to a food bank in Oklahoma following a tornado that wiped out much of the town of Moore. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana has received much help in the past from other parts of the... more »
  • Companies donate security technology to Newtown

    January 18, 2013 4:29 PM

    NEWTOWN, Conn. - A Connecticut company says it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security equipment at a school to which students moved after the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. Thomas Marino Jr.'s father owns Advanced Security Technologies in Stratford. He says he reached out to manufacturers after the Dec. 14... more »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    December 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money... more »
  • Corporate money to help pay for Obama inauguration

    December 7, 2012 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a reversal from four years ago, President Barack Obama will accept unlimited sums of corporate money to pay for his inauguration. A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Friday that it will accept cash from companies and individuals to underwrite the costs of a weekend of... more »
  • Pack the Pod for kids in need check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2012 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pat's Coats for Kids collected coats at Wal-mart this morning for its "Pack the Pods", a time for the community to stop by and drop off used coats. Early this morning, the Louisiana State University Laboratory School formed an assembly line of coats to help pack... more »
  • Trumpet auction to benefit 'Satchmo' music fest

    November 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Trumpet-maker Jason Harrelson says he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument - Louis Armstrong. Harrelson's specially made brass "Satchmo" trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score... more »
  • Lady Gaga comes to the aid of her own

    November 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    Singer Lady Gaga donated $1 million to the Red Cross to aid people affected by Superstorm Sandy and pledged the money on behalf of her parents and sister. She's New York born and says she "would not be the woman or artist I am today" if it wasn't for places... more »
  • Cold weather kicks off "Pat's Coats for Kids"

    October 29, 2012 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With the cold weather quickly approaching, WBRZ has kicked off our annual "Pat's Coats for Kids" coat drive. Now through Saturday, Nov. 24 2012, "Pat's Coats for Kids" will collect any children's or adult's size coats or monetary donations for needy children in our area. ... more »
  • Account opened for child run over in driveway

    September 26, 2012 10:43 AM

    WATSON - Family members set up a bank account for a six-year-old boy killed in Livingston Parish after he was run over while playing on a scooter. Investigators with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Tyler Myers died after he was playing in a neighbor's driveway in Watson Monday... more »
  • Red Cross, food banks asking for donations

    September 7, 2012 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Red Cross chapters and food banks across Louisiana have been busy helping people out after Hurricane Isaac, and now they're asking for help as well. FEMA said the organizations are asking for donations to help replenish supplies they've used giving relief to people affected by the... more »
  • Barclays employees boost Romney campaign

    July 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    LONDON - The former chief executive of Barclays dropped out of Mitt Romney's Thursday night fundraiser in London, but Bob Diamond had already sent a check for $2,500. So have 82 others who listed their employer as Barclays or Barclays Capital on U.S. Federal Election Commission records, including two who... more »
  • Help WBRZ Channel 2 Stuff The Bus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 11, 2012 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Many area school children start the year off without the necessary supplies to be successful in school. Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, and binders are essential so students can take notes, organize their work, and properly do their homework. Join us on Wednesday, July 18 from 6... more »
  • Jindal vetoes public school donation tax break

    June 9, 2012 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have created a tax rebate for donations to public schools. House Bill 1106 would have created a tax rebate for those who give to low-performing schools. The size of the rebate would have depended on the school's performance grade.... more »
  • Old bill turns into a Donation

    February 23, 2012 7:21 PM

    A businessman in Chicago insisted on paying a bill that was 25 years overdue and that gesture turned into a donation to a health care group. Zee Enix once ran a home furnishings business in Murray, Kentucky and he got a call from the man who wanted to pay a... more »
  • Memorial fund set up for murdered man check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 21, 2011 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members of a man left murdered on the street last week announced the creation of a benefit fund for him today. Everette Duane Crosley was found dead on N. 38th St. and police still have not arrested a suspect. Friends described him as a... more »
  • Boy gives all his money to baby he never met

    October 5, 2011 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Max Braun seems like an ordinary kid when you first meet him: his sweet tooth is almost as big as his love for video games, and he has so much energy it's nearly impossible to get him to stop jumping around at times. But ask a few... more »
  • Barker gives $230,000 to house chimps in Louisiana

    August 1, 2011 5:15 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Animal activist Bob Barker has gone to bat for dogs, cats, whales, pigeons, elephants and all kinds of other animals. Five chimpanzees are the beneficiaries of his latest donation. Chimp Haven in Keithville, La., said his donation of $230,000 last month will pay to expand the... more »
  • School supplies piling up for WBRZ's "Stuff The Bus"

    July 20, 2011 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the midday mark tens of thousands of dollars in donated school supplies have filled four buses in the WBRZ "Stuff The Bus" drive. More than $21,000 in supplies have been donated in Baton Rouge, enough to fill three buses so far at the Office Depot... more »
  • Hornets donate jet for BRCC aviation program

    April 28, 2011 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "big" donation from the New Orleans Hornets will help new avionics students in Baton Rouge. Today the New Orleans Hornets donated a Boeing 727 jet to the Baton Rouge Community College for its new Aviation program. "This is a tremendous gift," BRCC Chancellor Myrtle... more »
  • Mayor Holden paints with George Rodrigue

    February 24, 2011 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Dufrocq Elementary got a special treat Thursday morning as George Rodrigue donated a year's worth of art supplies to the school. Rodrigue also gave a demonstration of how to paint a blue dog. Students then went to the canvas to paint their own. ... more »
  • Dad: Ariz. girl's corneas saved vision of two kids

    January 17, 2011 4:14 PM

    TUCSON, Ariz. - The father of the young girl killed in the Tucson mass shooting tells The Associated Press that his daughter's corneas have saved the vision of two children. John Green said Monday that the Donor Network of Arizona told him and his wife that two children can see... more »
  • Sisters celebrate anniversary of kidney donation

    December 27, 2010 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. – A pair of sisters are celebrating a decade of health together after a kidney donation ten years ago. Sylvia Essex-Winder of Baton Rouge donated her kidney to her sister Constant Young after Young struggled with lupus for 30-years. "I went in for what I though... more »
  • Sisters celebrate anniversary of kidney donation

    December 27, 2010 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A pair of sisters are celebrating a decade of health together after a kidney donation ten years ago. Sylvia Winder of Baton Rouge donated her kidney to her sister in California in 2000, and they’re together again for the holidays to celebrate their health. Rachel Frost will... more »
  • Hit-and-run victim donates organs, saves 6

    December 23, 2010 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who died after she was hit by a vehicle while walking down a local highway has helped to save the lives of six others. Tommie Hadley, 21, known as Chrisy to her family, was taken off life support yesterday. She was a registered organ... more »
  • State, Shell team up for coastal reef project

    December 14, 2010 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that Shell was donating $1.5 million to the state for coastal conservation projects, including a reef project due to begin this spring. The donation was made to the Coastal Conservation Association, and will be used first for reef restoration projects on... more »
  • Police: Man admits to stealing Toys for Tots donations

    November 30, 2010 7:13 PM

    SULPHUR, La. - A Lake Charles man has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys that were meant for children of low-income families. After getting several tips about the theft, Sulphur Police detectives and Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies were led to 45-year-old Johnny Pappillion, who confessed to... more »
  • Event raises "Awareness" on organ donation

    October 14, 2010 8:20 AM

    Paul Rabalais and organ recipient Wendy Shroda sat down with Whitney Vann to explain how to sign up and save lives at the "Awareness with Jeffrey Marx" event. Awareness with Jeffrey Marx Tuesday, October 19th 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Lod Cook Alumni FREE 225-329-2450 more »
  • Parents set up memorial for son at new Perkins Road Park

    October 13, 2010 6:25 PM

    Perkins Road Park will reopen this weekend after years of renovations and additions, and people may be surprised at what’s there. The Velodrome was built in 1985. Since then, a BMX bike track and tennis courts were added. Saturday, BREC will unveil an updated BMX track, a new... more »
  • Team gets donation to replace stolen funds

    July 22, 2010 10:44 PM

    A criminal almost kept two youth basketball teams in Baton Rouge from a championship trip, but after a News 2 report, the teams can keep their plans. The Baton Rouge Razorbacks got the full $2,000 needed to make the trip from Team Honda and Gordon McKernan and McKernan Law... more »
  • Actress donates to oil spill cleanup

    June 2, 2010 9:04 AM

    As oil continued to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, Victoria Principal stepped up with a $200,000 donation to help clean things up. Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council said the actress made the donation to encourage the two nonprofits to work together to address the damage along... more »
  • Playboy Founder turns conservationist

    April 26, 2010 8:00 PM

    Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner turned conservationist by donating $900,000 to a group in Los Angeles trying to save property behind the world famous Hollywood sign. The group needed more than $12-million to protect the 138 acres behind the sign from being developed. Hefner made the last donation in the... more »
  • NFL donation to help in the study of brain injuries

    April 20, 2010 10:12 AM

    The NFL is donating $1 million for the study of brain injuries to Boston University School of Medicine. The money will support the school's research into the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes, particularly football players. The NFL is the first sports league to financially support... more »
  • Foundation donates 10 AEDs to schools in Livingston Parish

    February 18, 2010 11:41 AM

    Ten schools in Livingston Parish are now equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The devices were donated by a family from New Orleans whose 17-year-old son died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2005. It happened while Chad Barcia was playing rugby. Barcia's family created the Chad Barcia Athlete Awareness Foundation... more »
  • Pillows for Soldiers

    February 17, 2010 10:43 AM

    A woman in Maine is trying to make life a little more comfortable for the women and men fighting overseas, by making them pillows. Nearly all of the material she uses, has been donated. To make a donation, you can head to her website at www.pillowsforsoldiers.com more »
  • Boy donates piggy bank to help earthquake victims

    January 15, 2010 10:38 PM

    A boy in Baton Rouge offered what he could to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. Landry Helmke, 6, gave the savings in his piggy bank to the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. His Mom says he wanted to get involved after seeing a young girl affected by the... more »
  • Life-saving equipment in Livingston Parish Schools

    January 5, 2010 7:48 PM

    Schools in Livingston Parish will soon be equipped with life-saving devices. A.E.D's, or automated external defibrillators, help restart the heart following cardiac arrest. Tonight, a foundation in Metairie, dedicated to making the devices accessible, donated 10 of them. Eight more are being provided by the Kiwanis of Walker. The... more »
  • 10,000 pounds of rice donated

    September 16, 2009 10:18 AM

    The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is getting more than 10,000 pounds of rice to help feed the hungry. The Louisiana Rice Industry is making the donation at the State Capitol today. It's part of Hunger Action Month, a national campaign to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. more »

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