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Wynton Marsalis organizes Hurricane Katrina anniversary event in New Orleans

To commemorate the upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (pictured), a United Nations Messenger of Peace, have joined forces to create the First Katrina Anniversary Event. The anniversary will consist of three days of events and a concert featuring Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Earth, Wind and Fire and others.

Organized by Marsalis, the event is meant to create “One New Orleans,” and as Nagin explained in a press release, “build a stronger and more beautiful New Orleans for today and tomorrow.” Individuals can choose how they want to support the cause, either by buying tickets to the planned events or by donating separately.

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