The Brees Dream Foundation,

founded by Drew and Brittany Brees, donated $200,000 to the United Way of Long Island for recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy in Long Beach, New York. The donation will help build 20 houses. Since its inception in 2003, the foundation has helped donate more than $20 million to families in need and other charitable causes.


including Entergy New Orleans, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, donated $1 million to the New Orleans Council on Aging and the Salvation Army via Entergy's The Power to Care initiative. The program provides financial assistance statewide to elderly and disabled Entergy customers.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation,

the philanthropic arm of the Rex Organization, awarded more than $860,000 to several local charter schools and education programs Jan. 10. The foundation has awarded more than $3 million to New Orleans area schools since its founding after Hurricane Katrina.

George Anderson

pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Criminal Court Jan. 9 to two counts of possessing contraband inside Orleans Parish Prison's House of Detention. Anderson was the last of a dozen defendants behind an infamous 2009 video at the prison showing inmates using drugs, gambling and wielding a gun, among other illicit activities. Anderson was sentenced to 28 months in prison.