Friday: Good Neighbors Helping Haiti
by Geoff Kelly - posted 1:53 pm, January 19, 2010
This press release just in:
In response to last week’s devastating earthquakes in Haiti, The Good Neighborhood has teamed up with Asakivle – Buffalo Friends of Haiti, El Buen Amigo, DTR45, and a diverse group of local musicians to present Good Neighbors Helping Haiti, a benefit for American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development taking place at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery this Friday, January 22nd.
Local artists DJ Cutler and members of Lazlo Hollyfeld will be joined by Gruvology and Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Emile Latimer in an impromptu collaboration that summons the spirit of Asakivle – a Haitian Creole term meaning “Let whoever will participate.”
Asakivle serves to create a strong connection between the people of Buffalo and Western New York with the people of Haiti, supporting the basic human needs of our Haitian neighbors through fair trade, education, and infrastructure.
“For now we are focusing on raising money for immediate relief efforts,” said Asakivle’s Sabine Van Wyck. “Everything we raise will go to bigger and more capable non-profits like Red Cross.”
In addition to music, the event will feature a multimedia window into Haitian culture; a silent auction and 50/50 split; and an outpost of clothing and crafts from El Buen Amigo, with proceeds going directly to the Red Cross effort on the ground in Haiti.
The Good Neighborhood is a Buffalo-based company that pairs performers with common causes to create Gatherings for the Common Good.