Since the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti two weeks ago, Washingtonians and local business have stepped to organize a number of fundraising events. From concerts to restaurant deals or happy hours, there’s been plenty of options for everyone to help while engaging in their favourite activities. Here is a shortlist of events that are still going on and have caught my attention.
For those who are more into performing arts than culinary arts, the folks at the Lincoln Theatre paired up with the Young Haitian Professional Society to organized a series of events benefiting Haiti. To Haiti With Love at the Lincoln Theatre will occur every Wednesday from 6pm-2am starting January 20 and ending February 10. A variety of musicians, DJs, poets and visual artists will perform and a $20 donations will be accepted at the door. And if you want to combine sun salutations with raising funds for Haiti, Long View Gallery is hosting just the event for you. Universal Relief: a Yoga Benefit for Healing Haiti will take place Sunday, January 30th from 6:30-9pm and feature yoga practice, live music by Jonathan Stark on the cello and Feynman. After the yoga practice, you can explore the gallery and enjoy treats donated by Georgetown Cupcakes and Honest Tea. Space is limited and pre-registration is required with a $15-20 donation requested, all proceeds going to Haiti Lumière de Demain, an education organization based on the Haitian island of La Gonave where many refugees from Port-Au-Prince are now living.
Finally on Monday, L’Alliance Francaise is also hosting a fundraising event to benefit the victims of the earthquake in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders. Starting at 6:30pm, Maryse Burgot, US Correspondent for France 2will lead a discussion with Stanley Lucas of the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee and a representative from Médecins Sans Frontières on the work currently being done on the ground and the progress of relief projects in Haiti. The event will also feature Haitian music, French food and wine with 100% of all revenue going towards reconstruction efforts in Haiti. Reservations through Médecins Sans Frontières’ website. Please note, capacity has been reached for this event but you can still donate to Médecins Sans Frontières.