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More fundraisers for Haiti

UPDATE: As promised, here’s my column about the Rio Grills’ connection to humanitarian efforts in Haiti, as well as the Daily Grill’s fundraiser on Feb. 3.

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:

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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
The Standard
Juvenile Justice Campus
Valley Yellow Pages
Bad Bud’s
76 Twins (at Jensen & 99)
Sierra Vista Mall: Cruise One, GNC, Hot Dog On A Stick, Maggie Moo’s
Save Mart

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.

Responses to "More fundraisers for Haiti"

Joan if there is any questions from readers on the authenticity of the Hatch family sincerity on helping those they know and the people of Haiti, readers are welcome to go to our website. The original press release has a link on the home page along with a tab to the left for the American Red Cross that shares their story.

Karen Chisum of our Central Valley Red Cross is like a one-woman army of her own when it comes to reaching out to our community and is so nice and kind. One of the first meetings we had on the Rio Grill benefit nights, I asked her if it seemed local community outpouring of help for Haiti does not seem to equal our local contributions that the public is aware of and that stay right here in our own community. Her response was no. The importance of assisting with Haiti and the opportunity for the American Red Cross to not only be out in the community but give our community a local face, a person to answer their questions and let them know where their dollars go and maybe have them gain a comfort level for future donations or a potential new partnership, is all worth it. Now that, is one class answer. She has my full respect.

If readers have not made their reservations yet for a table for dinner, they may want to do it soon. And there is always the bar to hang out in without a reservation, which is very nice. Or just stop in, meet Karen and the Hatch family and give what you can.

Thanks Joan.

Geanie Silva
Sierra Vista Mall
Marketing Director