Organization extends community work with awards; deadline for application process is March 16

March 9, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets will award three local nonprofit organizations with $35,000 in grants for their work to enrich communities in the Gulf South through the teams three key areas of Education, Health and Wellness and Planet Rebound.

As an organization, we pride ourselves on having a positive impact on the community through our initiatives in education, living a healthy lifestyle, and the beautification of our city, said Hornets President Hugh Weber. What we do is a part of the puzzle and were excited that, in partnership with United Way, we have an opportunity to help organizations in the Gulf South continue their great work.

The grants are open to the public and applications are due by March 16. Interested organizations can apply HERE. The first prize winner will receive $20,000, while second and third prize will receive $10,000 and $5,000 grants, respectively.

The grants will be awarded to organizations who demonstrate that they are enriching communities in the Gulf South in similar areas to the Hornets three key pillars, as well as being an inspiration to others to positively impact our communities.

The Hornets have partnered with United Way, Hornets Krewe Members and corporate partners on selecting the grant recipients. In addition, Hornets fans and the community will have a vote by logging on to March 21-23 to select their top choices of which organizations are most deserving of the grants.

The Hornets will announce the three winners at their annual High Tops and Top Hats Gala at the Hyatt Regency on April 14.

For more information, go to or call 504.593.4865.

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