Earthquake Relief Fundraiser brings in more than $15K
January 28, 2010
The event was
held at North Brunswick High School in North Brunswick, NJ. Beginning with
renditions of the American and Haitian national anthems, the program featured
popular music by the West Windsor-Plainsboro's female a cappella group
Tickled Pink. Ramya Ramnarayan, the artistic director of Nrithyanjali,
presented an hour long performance with vibrant dance numbers in the margam
format. Following this, Yuva Sangeetha Lahiri presented Indian classical
music, a slide show presentation on Haiti by the 4-H Indian Langur Club,
and light music by the Hidden Gems.
Several Haitian-Americans from the Central Jersey area were in attendance and spoke about their loss and how the donations would help not only to rebuild their schools, hospitals, and homes, but also to restore their culture and spirit. Luc Oliviere, an IT professional with L&T Infotech, soberly reminded the audience that the situation on the ground is much worse than the photographs in the newspapers and on the Internet reveal. The Reverend Moses Williams led the audience in a prayer that he hoped would spiritually link them with those in need in Haiti. Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula commended Nrithyanjali for organizing such a wonderful show in less than a week.
we could raise more than $15,000, given that we mobilized this effort in
just 6 days. We are looking to contribute these funds to an organization
committed to sustainable growth and development in Haiti. We know that
a few weeks from now, this earthquake will be a distant memory in most
people's minds. But the Haitian people not only need funds to get through
this immediate crisis - they also have to start rebuilding Port-au-Prince
and other affected towns and we especially want to help with that effort,"
said Ram Tirumala, President of Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance. The organization
held a similar event after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, helping
to raise more than $40,000, half of which was used to build an orphanage
for children who lost their families to the tsunami.