• MG WALK: The New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis Resource Group will hold its fifth annual Myasthenia Gravis Walk on Saturday at the Lafreniere Park Pavilion with registration/sign-up beginning at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. Register online at mgwalk.org/neworleans. The event has raised more than $150,000 locally in the previous four years, and nationally, MG Walks in 35 cities have raised more $3 million to find a cure for the neuromuscular disease.
  • WESTWEGO FARMERS MARKET: The Aaron Foret Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to kick off a free concert series at the Westwego Farmers Market, Fourth and Sala avenues, Westwego. Food and beverages will be available.
  • LYMPHO-MANIAC GALA: The 11th annual Lympho-Maniac Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the atrium of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Admission is $45 (advance) and $50 at the door. Local cuisine will once again be donated by more than 15 restaurants, with an open bar from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; cash bar until midnight. All proceeds go to grants for lower-income families who have someone being treated for cancer by an East Jefferson General Hospital physician. Fundraising goal this year is $100,000.
  • ELKS, KREWE OF ORLEANIANS: The grand prize winner in the Elks Krewe of Orleanians parade on Mardi Gras, Feb. 9, was No. 20 from the Good Timers East Carnival Club. The parade theme was “The Voo Doo That We Do.” First runner-up was No. 5, House of Shock; second runner-up was No. 6, Family & Friends Carnival Club.
  • In best-decorated truck, No. 12, Isidore Newman Seventh-Grade Class, was first; No. 14, Sarah’s Blessings, was second; and No. 13, in Living Color, was third.
  • In best costume, No. 39, Ree-Berth No. 1 Carnival Club, was first; No. 21, Party People Carnival Club, was second; and No. 4, Headliners Carnival Club, was third.
  • In best headpiece, No. 8, Little Wrecks Carnival Club, was first; No. 18, All in the Family Social & Pleasure Club, was second; and No. 15, Fortier Carnival Club, was third.
  • In best animation, No. 1, Westside Carnival Club No. 1, was first; No. 17, Annunciation Street Dreamers, was second; and No. 7, New Millennium Carnival Club, was third.
  • The Grand Exalted Rulers Award went to No. 9, Louisiana Lagniappe. The Exalted Rulers Award went to No. 37, FOE Social & Pleasure Club. The Captains Award went to No. 73, Tuff Stuff.
  • The EKO Award went to No. 19, The Fabulous Few; No. 25, Divas & Gents; No. 24, Westside Carnival Club #2; No. 50, Po’ Folks No. 2; No. 89, Tassin Family Affairs; No. 67, Living Our Dream Social & Pleasure Club; No. 43, Fleur de Leisure Carnival Club; No. 3, All About Us Carnival Club; No. 99, The Krewe of Blue & Boo; and No. 97, Empty Purses.
  • GREATER NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION: The winners of the Freeman Challenge fundraising incentive offered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation are the Coliseum Square Association, Lighthouse Louisiana, YMCA and The Lens. Lighthouse Louisiana will raise $150,000 for a $75,000 match, Coliseum Square and YMCA each will raise $50,000 for a $25,000 match, and The Lens will raise $10,000 for a $5,000 match. The Freeman Challenge matching dollars are aimed at helping nonprofits start or grow endowments. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Junior League of New Orleans stocked its diaper bank with 100,000 diapers, ready for distribution Jan. 18, the group’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Nearly 50 JLNO members spent the 2016 MLK Day of Service unpacking bulk packages of diapers and separating them into a weekly supply accompanied by a diapering tips fact sheet. Distribution of the packaged diapers is handled by nonprofit partners, including Access Pregnancy Center, Covenant House and Daughters of Charity. To learn more about the JLNO diaper bank, become a distribution partner or make a donation for the purchase of diapers, visit www.jlnodiaperbank.org.
  • REBUILDING TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS: About a hundred volunteers from electric cooperatives allied with Touchstone Energy helped with home repairs at five homes in Gentilly and Carrollton on Feb. 13. The project was coordinated by Rebuilding Together New Orleans to coincide with the kickoff of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual meeting Feb. 14-17 in New Orleans. The service projects included building wheelchair ramps and repairing fences.
  • CANCER CRUSADERS: Cancer Crusaders will hold a fundraising golf tournament at 11 a.m. March 21 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The tournament is dedicated to the memory of pediatrician Keith Collins, who died in August 2015, a few months after being diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Last year’s tournament raised $112,671 for cancer research, which was split evenly between the LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and the Tulane Cancer Center. The Cancer Crusaders group held its February meeting at the Kenner home of Margaret Wagner in Kenner. The group’s presidents are Diane Hollis and Dianne Breaux. The tournament is being organized by Debbie Buchler and Kathy Pastorek; for information on the tournament, call Buchler at (504) 913-3041 or Pastorek at (504) 944-6760.