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UVU to Hold Healing Hands for Haiti Fundraiser

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February 18, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Madeline Scott (801) 863-6892
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504

The recent earthquake in Haiti has put Utah Valley University into action on multiple fronts. But the University’s latest fundraiser to benefit the devastated country is one that event organizers hope will attract a diverse crowd and, most importantly, enable the masses to help. The multifaceted concert-fashion-informational event, to be held Friday, Feb. 19, will focus not only on Haiti as it is now, but also on maintaining awareness of Haiti’s future as part of our global community.

“When a disaster like the earthquake in Haiti occurs, everyone wants to do something to help,” said Kelly Zirker, ESL Student Council advisor. “But realistically, very few of us are in a situation that allows us to drop everything and fly down to Haiti. An event like this benefit concert gives everyone, from the poorest student to the busiest professor, the opportunity to give just a little to people in need. And every little bit helps.”

The event will feature music from local artists Phaya, a Haitian hip-hop artist studying ESL at UVU; the Good Karma blues band; and Crossing Columbia, among others. Later, a fashion show from the International Modeling Club, dance performances and several speakers will round out the evening. Lynn Samsel, director of humanitarian response for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be among the speakers.

The fundraiser will take place from 7-9 p.m. in UVU’s Grande Ballroom. Admission is $5, but further donations will be encouraged and accepted throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to Healing Hands for Haiti (http://www.healinghandsforhaiti.org) and to LDS Humanitarian Services.

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