Monday, April 14, 2008

Fundraisers for OI Sumatera Tsunami Relief

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and P.S. 217 PTA sponsored an event on Roosevelt Island which raised $10,000, and the Roosevelt Island Gallery (RIVAA) hosted an art auction raising over $2,000 several weeks later. The Australian photographer Howard Jones dedicated his photographic exhibition of an Indonesia fishing village held in SoHo, Manhattan to Tsunami relief and funds were raised for OI Sumatera. In addition, Mike Daly headlined a musical presentation entitled Spotlight at fabulous The Metropolitan Cafe in Manhattan.

Ethel Grodzins Romm celebrated her eightieth birthday in the OI Worldwide office in New York, raising $22,000 for a home for Tsunami orphans in honor of her family, the Grodzins. From left to right: Mary Camper-Titsingh, Ethel Romm, Ivan Gare, Judy Berdy.

Public school children in Colorado, the District of Columbia, and New York City raised awareness and funding for our children in Indonesia. There was a Penny Drive at the P.S. 217 on Roosevelt Island in New York, and a read-a-thon at Spring Valley Elementary School outside Washington, D.C. coordinated by Barb Blazek. The prestigious Chapin School in New York City made a generous contribution as a result of a “mapathon” held by its Sixth Grade. The students studied the world’s countries, then collected a contribution for each nation they could identify. The students themselves chose Orphans International as their recipient charity.

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