Sponsored by The Home Depot(r) Foundation
New Orleans, La. (September 28, 2009)- Parkway Partners today announced that it will host a Jazz Brunch to launch tree-planting season in New Orleans with live music, free drinks, and delectable cuisine from some of the city’s finest restaurants. Called Feast With the Stars, the gathering is “hosted” by local media celebrities, and proceeds help to fund Parkway Partners’ community greening efforts, including ReLeaf New Orleans, its citywide post-Katrina public tree replacement initiative, now in its fourth year. This event is one of hundreds of tree-focused events throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Parkway Partners is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
“Our tree canopy is vital to our health and the city’s livability, and we empower people to plant trees in their neighborhoods,” said Jean Fahr of Parkway Partners. “The Alliance for Community Trees has been a great supporter of our efforts on behalf of New Orleans, and part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Parkway Partners at historic Gallier Hall for Feast With the Stars. Tickets may be purchase at the door or in advance by phone (504-620-2224) or through Parkway Partners’ website at http://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org/
“Having local organizations like Parkway Partners participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Parkway Partners, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
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