Media Advisory: The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation to Celebrate $17,500 in College Scholarships Awarded to Residents of The Estates

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Ceremony to Honor Students will be held at Delgado Community College August 19

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WHAT: Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Executive Director Gregg Fortner and LaVerne Saulny of Senator Mary Landrieu’s office will join executives of The Michaels Organization and Torti Gallas and Partners for a recognition ceremony honoring residents of The Estates who have received college scholarships from The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation. The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation is a non-profit affiliate of The Michaels Organization, which served as HANO’s private sector development partner for The Estates. The foundation has awarded $17,500 in college scholarships to six residents, including an aspiring mechanical engineer, and two single mothers who are attending university full-time while working and caring for their children.
WHERE:  Loc Maurepas Room (second floor), Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
DETAILS: Michaels Development Company and Interstate Realty Management are part of The Michaels Organization, a family of companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, military and student housing. Both Michaels Development and Interstate Realty Management have been partners with HANO in the development and management of The Estates for almost a decade. Torti Gallas and Partners, which served as the master architects and planners for the Estates, made a special endowment to The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation earmarked for the benefit of Estates residents. The scholars and their families will be honored.
About The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation:
The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation is a non-profit affiliate of The Michaels Organization that administers educational scholarship programs open to residents of all affordable and military housing communities owned or managed by companies of The Michaels Organization. Now in its 24th year, the foundation was the first of its kind in the affordable housing industry, and has helped many high achieving but often economically disadvantaged students achieve their dreams of higher education. In 2014, the program reached a milestone—awarding for the first time ever more than $500,000 in grants.  Michael’s CEO Michael Levitt and his wife Pat Levitt contribute two dollars for every dollar in private contributions made to the Foundation.

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