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January 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

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Local benefits get under way for Haiti relief

Posted by Kristi Heim

Groups from soccer fans to music lovers and microfinance supporters are organizing events around Puget Sound to raise money for Haiti relief efforts.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, Casuelitas Caribbean Cafe in Belltown will serve Caribbean snacks and Haitian rum punch from 6-10 p.m. Proceeds go to to earthquake relief in Haiti through the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA), a nonprofit helping people in the region for more than 25 years. Benefit includes sale of Haitian steel oil drums and a raffle. Details are here.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, Sounders FC fan club Gorilla FC will host a fund-raising event at the George & Dragon pub in Fremont with midfielder Steve Zakuani and defender James Riley as a benefit for Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Details are here.

On Sunday, Jan. 24, Seattle restaurants are teaming up to hold a dine around Seattle event to raise money for NetHope and other relief organizations. More details are here.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Seattle Greendrinks, SeaMo, ReVision Labs and Global Washington will jointly host a benefit for Fonkoze, a microfinance and development organization in Haiti working on emergency relief and long term reconstruction. Suggested donation of $20 includes live music, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pike Brewery. Details are here.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, a benefit concert and auction called "Seattle Helping Haiti" will be held at the Moore Theater with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Details are here.

I'll be updating this post as I learn of other events.

Do you have a story to share about Haiti? We're putting together a collection of first person accounts here.


Previous events

On Monday, Jan. 18, the Nectar Lounge will host a benefit party, "Haiti We Stand," for Convoy of Hope.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Seattle-based World Concern and radio stations SPIRIT 105.3 and PRAISE 106.7 are holding a drive and looking for volunteers to take calls from the broadcast studios in Shoreline. Training will be provided. Contact Jacinta Tegman at World Concern (206) 546-7524 or

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Re-Bar will present "One World: A Benefit for the Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti," to benefit the American Red Cross and Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti. More details are here.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Lucid Live Jazz Lounge and other venues along University Avenue in the U District will hold a benefit with live music to support the efforts of Lucid owner David Pierre-Louis. With help from Seattle's jazz community, Pierre-Louis traveled to Haiti last Thursday to locate his mother in Port-au-Prince and bring emergency supplies. He's expected to be at the Seattle benefit to raise more funds for relief efforts. Details are here.

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