Top high school football players from Orleans and Jefferson parishes participated in the Lake Pontchartrain High School All-Star Football Classic held recently at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

The game was sponsored by the Gretna, Kenner and New Orleans alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Team members were chosen by viewers of the “Friday Night Football” show on WGNO-TV. The Kappa team won 29-18.

The game was part of the fraternities’ “Guide Right” initiative, designed to prepare students for collegiate life through athletics, scholastics, life training and developmental skills. More than 35 scholarships were awarded to students.

Corey Lambert, head coach at John Ehret High School, served as head coach. Kappa Alpha Psi Kenner Alumni Chapter member Willie Brooks Jr., the head football coach at Helen Cox High School, was an assistant coach of the Kappa team. Gretna Alumni Chapter member Helen Cox Principal Mark Perry is the Jefferson Parish Public School’s District 8-5A chairman.

“This event gives Kappas from the region a great opportunity to come together to support the high school student-athletes and to positively influence and encourage them to attend college and serve their communities,” said Alonzo Knox, polemarch (director) of the Gretna Alumni Chapter.

Gretna Alumni Chapter member Chris Herrero co-directed a 150-member all-star band of the region’s best high school musicians during the event. Herrero, band director at Edna Karr High School, holds the distinction of being the city’s youngest high school band director.

Kappas wearing their fraternity apparel were admitted to the game free.

Firefighters rally for leader

Deputy Chief Glen H. Faust, of the Terrytown 5th District Volunteer Fire Department, will get help with his medical bills when department members hold a benefit from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Mel Ott Recreational Facility, 2301 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna.

Faust is dealing with lung cancer and overwhelming medical expenses.

Financial gifts are tax-deductible. In addition to the funds, the Fire Department is seeking donations of merchandise to be used as door prizes or to be auctioned off. A hotel weekend and a fishing trip are among the pledges so far.

Faust has served the Terrytown Fire Department for more than 45 years. He has been a member of its board of directors for 42 years and has been deputy chief of operations for 38 years.

Smoke detectors for seniors

Senior citizens living in the 5th Fire District are eligible for installation of up to two free smoke detectors by the Terrytown Fire Department. Battery replacement for existing detectors also is available. The program is made possible by state Fire Marshal Butch Browning. For information, call (504) 349-5551.

Westwego Rotary

The Rotary Club of Westwego held its first Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Chief Dwayne J. Munch Sr., of the Westwego Police Department, presented Officer Blake Lawson with the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

Free aerobics class

Westbank Community Ministries invites everyone 7 and older to attend a free low-impact aerobics class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey. Janelle Perez leads the group.

A small prayer group meets on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Any prayer request from the community is welcomed.

The women began a new study by Beth Moore called “Living Beyond Yourself” on Mondays. The fee of $20 covers the cost of the book.

For information, call (504) 368-2525.

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at or call (504) 367-0905.