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Join the Women's Professional Network for their November after hours social in Arabi on November 9th, 2016 from 5PM-8PM. We will begin at the Swan River Yoga Arabi Community Center for Yoga from 5pm-6pm with local instructor, Sabrina Schmidt followed by drinks at The Kitchen Table Café from 6pm-8pm in their newly renovated courtyard.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in attending.

Additional Information
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/Womens-Professional-Network-1433245053583641/events/

Swan River Arabi Website: www.swanriveryogaarabi.com/
The Kitchen Table Café: www.kitchentablearabi.com/

Workout + WINE with the Women’s Professional Network
Women in St. Bernard Parish, Bywater, Marigny, and Greater New Orleans
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (5:00pm-8:00pm)
Swan River Yoga Arabi Studio: 7011 St Claude Ave, Suite #213
The Kitchen Table Café: 7005 St. Claude Ave. Arabi, LA (Downstairs)

Women's Professional Network is a committee of the St. Bernard Chamber that provides a variety of networking opportunities to female business owners and professionals. Through the support of the St. Bernard Chamber, WPN hosts monthly socials that are open to both Chamber and Non-Chamber members at low cost.

Danielle F. Martin
Women’s Professional Network Chairwoman
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MERAUX, La. – The Valero Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Valero Energy Corporation, today presented checks totaling $150,000 to representatives of 14 area children’s charities, from funds raised by the 2016 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children.

Overall, and with the overwhelming support of Valero’s business partners and sponsors, the 2016 Valero Texas Open in April raised a record $10.5 million to be distributed to children’s charities throughout the United States where Valero has major operations. The event at TPC San Antonio and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa raised the most charity dollars of any tourney on the PGA TOUR this year.

“For agency representatives with us today, we want you to know how much we appreciate the work you do in our community to improve children’s lives,” said Jack Merrill, General Manager of the Valero Meraux Refinery, on behalf of the foundation. “All of us still face an uncertain economy, so it gives us even more joy to be able to support the children of our area once again.”

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis helped with the check presentation. Also in attendance was St. Bernard Councilwoman District D Wanda Alcon.

With this year’s result, Valero has raised more than $111 million since becoming title sponsor in 2002, and last year the tournament became one of only four PGA TOUR events to eclipse $100 million. As title sponsor, Valero was the fastest to reach that mark, in just 14 years. Agencies selected to receive Benefit for Children dollars each year are nominated and selected by Valero employees.

“Our process, from start to finish, is driven by our employees,” General Manager Merrill said. “It reflects the respect they have for agencies making the most impact on children’s lives each year.”

The 2016 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients are:

· CASA New Orleans (St. Bernard location)
· Fresh Breath of Life Inc.
· Families Helping Families
· Ukulele Kids Club
· Lighthouse Ranch for Boys
· McLindon Family Foundation
· National Tuberous Sclerosis Association Inc.
· Shriners Hospital
· St. Bernard Battered Womens Program
· The Arc of Greater New Orleans (St. Bernard location)
· Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans Inc.
· St. Bernard Parish School Board Special Olympics
· Liberty’s Kitchen
· Santa on the Bayou

“The slogan of our campaign this year was ‘Making Hope Happen in Millions of Ways,’ and we certainly did that, thanks again to the very generous support of our business partners, and the tireless efforts of our employees and volunteers,” said Lane Riggs, Valero Executive Vice President-Refining Operations and Engineering, and 2016 Valero Texas Open Company Chair.

About Valero Energy Foundation
Valero Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Valero Energy Corporation, is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where the company has major operations. The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, health care and civic projects. Annually, Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generate more than $40 million in charitable support for worthy charities through direct donations or fundraising. Additionally, Valero employees log more than 138,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of projects in these same communities. Through the overwhelming support of its sponsors, the foundation raised $10.5 million in 2016 for children’s charities across the United States through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children. Valero once again was named to the Civic 50 list by Points of Light as one of America’s most community-minded companies – the top energy company on the list for three years running.
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Parish Officials meet with Officials from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA

Officials of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority ( CPRA) met with State Senator Sharon Hewitt, Parish President Guy Mc Innis and his Coastal Department regarding the State Master Plan update and projects in St. Bernard.
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