The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is holding its fifth annual Pause 4 Paws dining-out fundraiser on Thursday in partnership with more than 50 area restaurants.

All the restaurants involved will be donating 20 percent of their dining proceeds for that day to the SPCA to support its activities for animal welfare.

For more information, including a complete list of participating restaurants, visit Those who would like to place a donation online can do so at

NAACP holding session on prison, education

The New Orleans branch of the NAACP will host a “Pentecost Day Prayer Summit & Worship Extravaganza” Sunday to address the issues of mass incarceration and success in public education.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 8540 Cohn St.

It is co-hosted by the church and the Micah Project and is free and open to the public.

Plaquemines sheriff holding town halls

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will be holding town hall meetings throughout the parish during July. The meetings will provide updates on the office’s activities.

Sheriff’s Office personnel, including Sheriff Lonnie Greco, will be on hand to answer questions. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

The locations and dates are as follows:

July 7: Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 La. 23, Belle Chasse.

July 8: Buras Auditorium, 35619 Highway 11, Buras.

July 9: Percy Griffin Community Center, 15577 Highway 15, Davant.

July 10: Port Sulphur Civic Center, 374 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur.

Chase Foundation gala scheduled

The Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation will host its second annual gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, June 14.

The gala will start at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations in Louisiana focused on culinary arts, education, cultural arts and social justice.

The evening will feature a four-course meal prepared by chefs Susan Spicer, Mary Sonnier, Shirley Chung and Nina Compton. Entertainment will be provided by New Orleans musicians Irma Thomas, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., James Andrews, Opera Creole and Robin Barnes.

The foundation issued 11 grants in its inaugural year to Louisiana nonprofit organizations including the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, Start the Adventure in Reading and the Silverback Society.

The foundation builds upon the legacy of Edgar “Dooky” Jr. Chase and Leah Chase. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was known in the 1960s as a gathering place for those participating in the civil rights movement. It provided a safe haven for politicians, businessmen and activists to discuss strategies for social justice.

Tickets and tables are available online at or by contacting Samantha Wolf at