California for Haiti Raises $14K at TiGeorges, More Ways to Help
Last night, California for Haiti raised $14,000 at TiGeorges' Chicken restaurant for the relief efforts in Haiti. About 300, including plenty of local news, came out to the Echo Park eatery to raise money, donate goods, sort fact from rumor, eat chicken, watch the news, and collect contact information for those wanting to help. The turnout was so overwhelming the kitchen briefly ran out of food, but resumed after announcements until the last plate was served.
California for Haiti is a coalition of local Haitian community members, including TiGeorges LaGuerre, Martine Jean and Kassava Caribbean Restaurant. The group started at Kassava Restaurant on the West Side, after the news of the earthquake broke. Their mission is to raise money and facilitate getting help and supplies to Haiti. Their website, Californiaforhaiti.org, should be live later today. The group itself does not directly accept money but is passing 100% of the funds through to Wyclef Jean's Yele Foundation. Yele has been one of of the organizations involved in the revolutionary text-messaging donation campaign, which has reportedly raised over $10 million for the Red Cross.