Annual education 5K walk set for Oct. 11

The New Orleans office of the United Negro College Fund will celebrate students during its 27th annual Walk for Education in the Audubon Park Riverview area Oct. 11.

The 5K walk, hosted by the nation’s largest minority education association, is expected to attract thousands of supporters to raise money for students hoping to go to historically black colleges. The funds will help support students attending Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana, the UNCF’s local member institutions.

“In today’s economy, students need a college education more than ever to compete and succeed, and we as a country, need them to have that education,” said Michael Lomax, president of the UNCF. “By investing in our students now, we are providing them with a path to success that will pay future dividends for them, for their families and communities, and for all of us.”

Participants can run or walk the course.

Early registration fees are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.

The UNCF invests nearly $2 million in scholarships for New Orleans students every year, according to a spokesperson.

For information on the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, contact Ariel Wilson at (504) 581-3794 or Ariel.Wilson@uncf.org or visit http://uncf.org/NewOrleansWalk.

Nonprofit to hold first honors banquet

Project Reconstruction Inc., a nonprofit organization created to help young African-American men, will hold its first Men of Direction Honors Banquet on Tuesday.

The event will honor local business leader William “Bill” Rouselle, president of Bright Moments LLC, and other men who have worked to make a positive change in the lives of youth.

Project Reconstruction works to help young men from single-parent families, dysfunctional family units, men returning from prison and other disadvantaged youth.

“Our goal is not to be men of direction in name only; our goal is to have a proactive role in the direction of the lives of these young men,” a statement from the group reads. “We want to provide them with the support, knowledge and resources that allow them to consider and believe in every facet of who they truly have the potential to be.”

The banquet will be at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St.

Gentilly Fest to celebrate city’s culture

The three-day Gentilly Fest will kick off at 6 p.m. Oct. 10, celebrating all things New Orleans by showcasing local musicians.

The seventh annual festival will have an opening-night concert featuring local jazz singer Stephanie Jordan. Main stage performances will continue Oct. 11 with Kyndra Joi and the Soul Theory Band, African Drums-McCormick Family, Robin Barnes, Gina Brown, Kermit Ruffins and Mike “Soulman” Baptiste.

The Oct. 12 concert will feature Gavin Bell & Gary Palmer, Michaela Harrison, Wes Raymond & the Soul Factory and the Brassaholics.

A Gospel Tent will present performances by choirs from throughout the city, and local vendors will supply food and arts and crafts.

The Entergy New Orleans Kids Stage and Kids Village will have face painting and other activities, and Daughters of Charity Health Services will offer free medical screenings.

For information visit www.gentillyfest.com.

Lake Forest School to hold benefit Oct. 11

Lake Forest Elementary Charter School will celebrate nearly three decades of existence with its annual Cocktails and Blues benefit Oct. 11.

The party, to be held at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, will feature entertainment by jazz singer Stephanie Jordan and DJ Michael Biagas.

The evening will include a patron party, a dinner with the presentation of the Community Hero Award and a silent auction.

All proceeds will support the school’s academic, enrichment and character education programs. General admission tickets cost $65. Patron tickets are $125 and include access to the Patron Party and dinner.

The event will be held in the airport’s Walnut Room & Atrium, 6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd.

For information, visit the event website or call (504) 593-8264.