More than 250 philanthropists, community leaders and nonprofit members came together April 12 to mark the Northshore Community Foundation's 10th anniversary celebration, annual meeting and the dedication of its new building, Northshare.

Those in attendance heard stories about philanthropy at work from the Milne Cafe caterers, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy students who were networking, and the Hammond High School Band, which provided entertainment. A foundation grant replaced the band's flood-damaged instruments.

An emotional flood-response video highlighted the impact the foundation’s Northshore Weather Relief Fund made on the lives of those who lost so much in the March and August floods last year. The foundation provided more than $600,000 for flood relief and rebuilding to organizations that were in the trenches rescuing, feeding and rebuilding homes and lives.

CEO Susan Bonnett Bourgeois outlined the financial activity of the foundation, including grants of $2.9 million in 2016, and a total of $13 million in grants since the inception of the organization. 

The foundation serves the parishes of St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa and St. Helena by uniting human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in the north shore region.

Northshare is at 807 N. Columbia St., Covington.