January 19th, 2010 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Politics

Eat, drink, party and help, vol. 3: PDX events to benefit Haiti (your Tuesday update).


What can you do to help people affected by the horrific earthquake in Haiti?

Eat, drink, shop, party and be merry.

A huge number of local restaurants, venues and events are offering up a portion of their proceeds in the weeks to co me to help Haiti relief efforts. A handful of amazing benefit concerts are in the works. Plus, lots of local groups are mobilizing to gather supplies. Opportunities to help are organized by category as well as date. Know about another local way to help or planning your own event? Email kclarke@wweek.com. I'll update this list as new info pops up in our Inbox so keep refreshing this post. **Scroll down to the bottom of the post of ongoing event, aid collections and resources.**


Dine at the delicious eastside restaurant on the evening of Wednesday, January 20 and 15 percent of your tab goes to Haitian relief efforts. Le Pigeon, 738 East Burnside, 546.8796, www.lepigeon.com. Dinner hours Wednesday, Jan. 20. Regular menu prices.

Grub on Southern eats at Delta this Thursday—30 percent of the proceeds from this evening will go to the Mangrove
a Portland-based non-profit that works exclusively in Haiti. Delta Cafe, 4607 SE Woodstock, 5 pm ‘til late, 771-3101,

THURSDAY: Marco's Cafe Eat for a Cause Benefit

Whoa! On Thursday, Jan. 21, Marco's Cafe in Multnomah Village ante's up a whole 25 percent of all proceeds for MercyCorps. 7910 SW 35th Ave., 245-0199.

SUNDAY, JAN. 24: Milwaukie's Racha Thai, conveniently located at Clackamas Town Center, will donate 50 percent of sales on Sunday, Jan. 24 to the American Red Cross. 12000 SE 82nd Ave., 503-794-3939. Sunday, Jan. 24.

TUESDAY JAN. 26 & FEB. 2: Beast Benefit Dinners
Party starter Connie Wohn, Beastmaster Naomi Pomeroy and the staff at her tiny, meat-centric dining room donates their time and ante up a pair of four-course French-Haitian inspired benefit dinners featuring pork donated from Tails & Trotters. Swill donated wines from Triage, Domaine Selections, Kelley Fox and Tyee with each course while DJs spin Haitian beats. Pomeroy says they're also planning a silent auction featuring donated items from MusicfestNW, Ace Hotel, AK Vintage and Löyly among others. "We want to hit $8,000," she says of her goal for the event. "Back in the Ripe days we raised $10,000 for Mercy Corps tsunami relief." Beast, 5425 NE 30th Ave. 6 and 8 pm Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. $100. Reservations by phone only: 841-6968.

SUNDAY, JAN. 31: Portland Vegan Bake Sale For Haiti

The city's veggie clan raise funds on Sunday Jan. 31 with a big, vegan bake sale. People's Co-op upstairs, 3029 Southeast 21st Ave. 2-5 pm Sunday, Jan. 31. There is a Facebook invite for this event here. All proceeds going to Mercy Corps.


Every single Sunday and Wednesday during January and February, a whole 25 percent of the Peruvian newbie's sales go to the Red Cross. 2340 NW Westover Road, 477-8348.

ONGOING: K & F Select Fine Coffees/Clinton Street Coffee House
K & F will donate $2 from every pound of Sweetheart blend coffee sold through February 28, 2010 at their Clinton Street Coffee House in Portland, Union Block Coffee in McMinnville, and through their website www.kfcoffee.com (and $1 from every pound sold through their wholesale channels) to the Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. Clinton Street Coffee House, 2706 SE 26th Ave., 238-2547.


TUESDAY: Alpha Haiti Radio-athon

Portland's six Alpha radio stations team up for a one-day radio-athon for Mercy Corps. According to the press release: "The benefit will air 6 am-7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 19 on KINK-FM, KUPL-FM, KUFO-FM, KXTG-FM/95.5 The Game, KXL-AM and KCMD-AM, directing listeners to either a special phone line at 1-800-245-9600 or to the station websites for an easy donation link. " Website donations can be accessed at: www.kink.fm; www.kupl.com; www.kufo.com; www.955thegame.com; www.kxl.com and www.freedom970.com.

WEDNESDAY: Portland Opera
Vocalists from the upcoming production of Mozart's Women are Like That (Cosi fan Tutte) sing popular opera arias and ensembles. Portland Opera announced Monday that it will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the concert to MercyCorps for Haiti aid. Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., 241-1802. 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 20. $10-$50.

THURSDAY: Songs for Haiti: A Benefit Concert for Mercy Corps

That's to locals arts man Stephen Beaudoin and Tom Sessa Portland's already mobilized to throw a mega music benefit for Haiti. Performers at the Thursday, Jan. 21 show at the Aladdin include: pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, Janice Scroggins, Holcombe Waller, Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, with pianist Grace Fong, Broadway veteran, baritone Douglas Webster, Flash Choir, PHAME, the Grant High School Royal Blues, and Storm Large among others. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 21. $30. Tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, Jan. 19. Check out the concert's Facebook page for updated details.

SATURDAY: Groove Movement Haiti Relief Concert

Shake your ass and raise some cash. The Groove Movement, a local non-profit that uses music to raise money for humanitarian efforts, focuses on Haiti funds on Saturday, Jan. 23 with a concert that boasts everybody from Voltronic and Intervision to Chervona. Helping Orphans Worldwide Foundation will match up to $1,000 for the event. Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 9 pm Saturday, Jan. 23. $8.

SUNDAY: Helping Haiti: A Community Concert for a Critical Cause
NW Visitors Productions, KBOO, and Mt. Tabor Theater band together to raise funds for Haiti. The organizers are still working out which bands are going to play, but expect DJs, crafts and goods for sale from local vendors, bidding on everything from tai chi lessons to aerial dance classes, and tasty Haitian grub. Every cent of concert and vending cash go to Haiti earthquake aid. ("Attendees can choose where to donate their entrance fee from 5 local and international pre-screened charities.") Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 5-10 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $5+ sliding scale donation. 21+. For info, interested bands/performers, ways to donate crafts or services, and ways to volunteer please contact: Chelsea Chick at chickchelsea@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY: Classical Revolution & Opera Theater Oregon Haiti Benefit
The Haiti catastrophe has a personal connection for the classical-music insurgents: One of its members is searching for her missing father, who was working on a project to improve the delivery of energy to Haitian healthcare facilities. The ensemble will perform what's become the standard American requiem: Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. OTO will perform music from two of the most beloved requiems, by Mozart and Verdi. The Dimes, James Faretheewell, Matt Sheehy and other musicians will also participate, and the event includes a silent auction with all donations going to Partners in Health. (BRETT CAMPBELL) Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. Donation.

MONDAY, JAN. 25: All Souls Rising: A Benefit for the People of Haiti
The Woods hosts a dynamite lineup of locals musicians—the Builders and the Butchers, Tu Fawning and Nick Jaina—in a benefit show to raise funds for Mercy Corps. The Woods, 6637 Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 9 pm (not confirmed). $10 donation. 21+.

ONGOING: Allegro Music
Allegro Music will donate $15 from each purchase of its Alan Lomax in Haiti Box Set to the Red Cross International Response Fund.


Spirit Body Massage
Local massage man Richard Ludt, LMT will donate a portion of his massage sales through Friday, Jan. 22 to Mercy Corps. Turns out, his Spirit Body Massage received small biz support from Mercy Corps. "As I'm unable to travel to Haiti to provide massage to relief workers and Haitians, I'll donated 10% of sales," he explained. Contact him at 880-1019 richard at spiritbodymassage.com. Activspace, 833 SE Main St., Box 146. You can also donate on his Mercy Corps personal giving page.

Southeast PDX yogi den is selling entire inventory of SEEK yoga apparel at 20-40 percent off Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 20-23. All proceeds go to Mercy Corps to benefit victims of Haiti earthquake. Bonus: "Nike is matching the cash contribution times two." Bhaktishop, 2500 SE 26th Ave., 224-0108.

Betsy & Iya Jewelry
Local jeweler/dancer Betsy Cross will donate 15 percent of online sales through Thursday, Jan. 21 to unspecified relief efforts. betsyandiya.com

More here: http://milagrosboutique.com/2010/01/14/wave-of-support-for-haiti-from-local-businesses/


Portland Haiti Relief Container Project
The plan is simple: fill a gigantic 40 foot long shipping container with as many basic needs items as possible, then send it to Haiti. Stop by Portland Foursquare church with your donations and look for a bright red receptacle the size of your house. Portland Foursquare Church, 1302 SE Ankeny St., 852.1635. 10 am-6 pm, Friday through Wednesday, Jan. 15-20.

Portlanders can bring any of the following items for the relief container:

  • Plastic Sheeting/Tarps/Duct Tape

  • Baby Formula

  • Peanut Butter

  • First Aid Supplies and Over the Counter Medications like Tylenol or Anti Bacterial Cream, Etc.

  • Clothing: new & gently used, light weight

  • Sport sandals

  • Hygiene items

  • Sanitary Wipes

Southlake Church Re-gifting for Haiti Auction

West Linn's Southgate Church wants your unwanted Christmas presents. The church is hosting the "ultimate “Re-Gifting” auction via the nonprofit system on eBay, to help raise funds—100% of which will be immediately diverted to the humanitarian operations in Haiti." Southlake Church, 1555 SW Borland Road, West Linn, will open its doors to anyone willing to drop off easy-to-ship items in new or excellent condition. Donation hours: Monday, January 18 through Thursday, January 28 (9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm Saturday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Sunday)

Medical Teams International

Two teams of Oregon and Washington doctors from the Northwest's Medical Teams International are traveling to Haiti. Medical Teams International is also accepting cash contributions to send more volunteers and supplies. To make an immediate, secure gift, please go to www.medicalteams.org. Or call, 1(800)959-HEAL (4325). Or send your contribution to: P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207-0010.

Mercy Corps Personal Giving web pages
Local nonprofit Mercy Corps allows you to set up your own personal or business Haiti Fundraising page. You can invite people to donate to that pages, sort of like a aid work/Facebook mash up. The site tracks and posts which pages have raised the most cash—so far Riverbed Technology's raised more than $19,000 so far, while "That Gamer's Haiti Response Fundraiser" has gathered $12, 781. Check it out at http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising.

American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter

People can give to the American Red Cross in the following ways:

  1. Direct link for donating to Red Cross Haiti relief. (http://www.oregonredcross/haiti).

  2. Text HAITI to 90999 to send a $10 donation to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. 100% goes to the Red Cross; cell carriers keep nothing.

  3. Phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)

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