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Concert at the Venture Center to Help Haiti

Concert at the Venture Center to Help Haiti

“The Venture Aid to Haiti Committee is hosting a benefit concert to provide earth quake relief,” Dorothy Cox, Camp Venture’s Associate Executive Director and the Committee’s liaison to Venture administration announced. The event will feature the music of “The Parks Project” band, “Rustico Acustico” and the much-celebrated “Electric Friends” band of the Venture Academy Day Habilitation program. “The hope is to turn out the coworkers of our Haitian American staff, our program participants and their families to support the people who are the heart of Camp Venture,” Cox said.

The event is on Saturday February 20, from 7-9 PM in the Coleman Gromack Auditorium of the Venture Center. A $20 per person donation is suggested.

Venture’s Committee to Aid Haiti began in 2004 after a deadly hurricane claimed over a 100,000 lives in Gonaives, a city about 100 miles north of Port au Prince. When the earthquake hit in January of this year, the committee came together and many new members joined. Many, many more Venture staff are from the Port au Prince area, the region most impacted by the quake, and most still have family and friends living there.

As the commercial media has documented, the devastation has been unimaginable. For our Haitian-American staff at Venture, nearly all have their own personal stories.  A family members who has been killed, a loved one seriously injured, a community in their homeland destroyed and neighbors left destitute, this disaster is a very personal tradgedy for so many here at Venture. For them, the feeling of helplessness over the pain and desperation of their family members and their country is overwhelming. Nonetheless, there is hope in our common purpose and all of us together are trying to assist in whatever way we can, so the committee is raising money through donations and a wonderful live concert with three bands. In addition, clothes, shoes, household items and personal hygiene items are being gathered for shipment which is tentatively scheduled for April. The committee has been and will continue to be looking for ways to help Haitian families rebuild.

“We continue to be inspired by the Haitian peoples’ ability to keep starting over and our own staff who continue to work diligently here at Venture while carrying their own heartaches quietly and prayerfully,” Cox said.

Also supporting the aid effort is the Camp Venture Council of Advocates who have made support of their Haitian American staff a priority for their 2010 agenda.

“ This is an opportunity for us to support the work of the committee and to be family,” said Dan Lukens, Venture’s Executive Director. “There are some great bands and it should be a lot of fun.”

Again, the event is on Saturday February 20, from 7-9 PM in the Coleman Gromack Auditorium of the Venture Center. A $20 per person donation is suggested. Please come and support our brothers and sisters in the Haitian community!

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