DO IT FOR HAITI - A Monumental Benefit and Clothing Drive
Bay Area artists, musicians and performers donate their talents to support local organizations working in Haiti.
Date: Saturday, February 20, from 2:00 p.m. to midnight
Venue: NIMBY - 8410 Amelia Street, Oakland CA 94621
BART accessible, bicycle and car parking available.
Admission: $10 (children under 12 free) Donations of summer weight clothing for children and adults will be accepted on site.
“DO IT FOR HAITI” offers a staggering roster of performers and a unique opportunity to support Haiti relief efforts, learn first hand about local organizations working in Haiti and get involved with organizations making a difference on the ground. Events will feature performances and live music including socially relevant theater, Afro-Haitian music and dance, monumental sculpture and art events for children.
Events begin at 2:00 p.m., with children’s activities and performances, indoor and outdoor art installations, music and dance.
LEARN from relief workers returning from Haiti and get involved with organizations making a difference.
Architecture for Humanity, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FONHEP, Kledèv, SOIL, Sirona Cares, What If Foundation, Zanmi Lakay
Live Music and Performance: From Haiti: Kalbass Kreyol, and Rosemond Jolissaint, From the Bay Area: Sila, The Bodice Rippers, Joe Rut and the Ironic Mustache, Fat Chance Belly Dance with NeferTem, Funky Beulah, Diva Marisa, Naima Shalhoub, The Society, Chicken John & Dr. Hal
Childrens Theater and Events: Sustainable Living Road Show, The Life Sized Mouse Trap, Plastic Bag Wallet Making, Face Painting
Art Installations: Flaming Lotus Girls, Omega Recoil – Tesla Coil, The Museum of Unnatural Selection, Life Size Mouse Trap, Therm / Exxotherm, The Department of Spontaneous Combustion, The Disgusting Spectacle
DO D.I.Y / D.I.F.H. projects for all ages
Featured Speakers Include:
Jennifer Benorden- Board Member: SOIL, Haiti.
Joe Dacany - EMT: CA–11 Disaster Medical Assistance Team member currently working in Haiti.
Marc D’Silva – CRS : Senior Development Officer for Catholic Relief Services which has been working in Haiti since 1954.
Dana Fischer- Retired USAID education officer in Haiti
Michelle Lacourciere - Sirona Cares: Director: Heading Northern California Haiti Relief Effort with U.S. Coast Guard.
Hilda Oropeza- CARE: Director of Community Partnerships at CARE USA which has been working in Haiti since 1954.
Jen & Guy Panteleon - Zanmi Lakay: Founders who have been working with orphaned children in Haiti since 1997. Currently in Haiti and will be returning for the event.
Margaret Trost - What If Foundation: Founder providing food and education programs to impoverished children in Haiti since 2000.
“DO IT FOR HAITI” Artists and Performers:
Seventeen year old Rosemond Jolissaint is one of Haiti’s youngest rising stars. In 2007 he was voted to victory in Haiti’s first annual Digicel Stars competition (the equivalent of American Idol). Since then Rosemond has been attending high school, writing music and performing his music in Haiti and the US to promote social change.
Led by Haitian-born frontman Sophis, Kalbas Kreyol, is a high-energy Afro-Caribbean band that is best known in the Bay Area for its electrifying and uplifting live performances.
From the Bay Area:
Donations of Clothing and Food
During the “DO IT FOR HAITI” benefit on February 20th from 2 pm - midnight, NIMBY will be accepting donations of food and clothing items to send with second-wave relief efforts to Haiti. NIMBY is partnering with Sirona Cares for this drive. All goods will be delivered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For a list of acceptable items visit: http://www.sironacaresblog.com
. Contributions will be distributed throughout Haiti to specific locations (schools, churches and orphanages) in the Sirona Cares network. All proceeds from the event will be donated to organizations working directly with Haiti relief efforts.
This event is organized by NIMBY.