Jrue Holiday,

a New Orleans Pelicans point guard, received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award recognizing his donation of $31,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for tornado relief efforts. Holiday also was recognized for appearing in the NBA's campaigns promoting gender equality.

Crescent City Classic's Run For It program

raised more than $700,000 for 13 charities for the 39th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10K, held April 15. The Crescent City Fitness Foundation selects local charities to support, and each charity creates a team of 100 people to commit to raising a minimum of $200 each by race day.

Michaelle Martinez,

a former Social Security Administration claims representative from Marrero, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court April 13 to diverting more than $15,000 in retroactive or back payments owed to Social Security beneficiaries into her own bank accounts. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.