Certainly, there are more local businesses and organizations helping out. After the jump is a list from the American Red Cross Central Valley. I’ll add more names as they come up.
Also keep tabs on Mike Oz, who’ll keep his own list of donations and benefit concerts from the Valley’s musicians.
ORIGINAL POST: The Standard could take a few lessons from this flier:
What I like about this one: It focuses more on the relief efforts than the entertainment. This flier explicitly tells guests they don’t have to stay for dinner — or even cocktails — to donate. They simply can talk to the on-site Red Cross rep (Karen Chisum) and take off.
If folks do stay for the evening, they should talk to Britney Hatch, a co-owner of the Rio Grills in Clovis and Visalia. Hatch tells some horrific stories about her eight months as a volunteer in Port-au-Prince orphanages. She also says her aunt adopted eight Haitian boys because of the experience.
(I’ll have more details about Hatch, and her strong ties to Haiti, in an upcoming column.)
Here’s that list of local supporters from the Red Cross:
Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Rio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, Clovis & Visalia
Juvenile Justice Campus
Valley Yellow Pages
76 Twins (at Jensen & 99)
Sierra Vista Mall: Cruise One, GNC, Hot Dog On A Stick, Maggie Moo’s
And for a list of national companies that collect donations from customers, click here. A number of them — such as Starbucks, Bank of America and Costco — are in the central San Joaquin Valley.