Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Party raises Haiti relief cash

Kew Gardens group collects money for aid trip to ravaged nation

By Anna Gustafson
Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:16 AM EST
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Mood Restaurant co-owners Martin Forde (back l.) and Moe Ahmed (back c.) pose during a fund-raiser for Haiti with Kew Gardens residents who traveled to the Caribbean nation this week. Photo by Anna Gustafson
Long after many shops shut their doors in the face of last week’s snowstorm, customers at one Kew Gardens restaurant thumbed their noses at the slippery streets and danced the night away at a fund-raiser for Haiti.

“This is a much better turnout than we thought there would be,” said Mandy Gor, a Kew Gardens resident who helped to organize last Thursday night’s event at Mood Restaurant and Lounge to raise money for Haitian relief efforts.

More than 60 people attended the event that ran past midnight and raised funds for a weeklong trip to Haiti by Gor and 14 others, who left Sunday. The individuals on the trip are part of Edeyo, a nonprofit that in 2007 opened a school in Bel Air, one of the poorest parts of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

They will provide medical support and distribute items like food and water to Haitians, including students at the school supported by Edeyo. To date, Kew Gardens resident Kevin Jamison, who also left for Haiti Sunday, said they had located 188 of the 250 students at the primary school and had confirmed 10 pupils died in the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people.

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