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'Hands for Haiti' benefit March 6 at The Palace Theatre supports relief effort

March 04, 2010

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Syracuse-area performers will take part in “Hands for Haiti” Saturday, March 6, from 7—10 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. in Syracuse. Admission is $20, or $10 with a valid student I.D. The goal is to raise $10,000 for Haiti relief.

Slated to appear are Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman (folk), Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook (blues), The Society for New Music (classical), Dariusz Terefenko (Eastman School of Music, jazz), Andy Russo (Le Moyne College, classical), Jefferey Pepper Rodgers with Joshua Dekaney (folk with Brazilian percussion), Ruben Lee (folk, pop) and band, Arthur Flowers (SU fiction professor), Kenel Antoine (architect and member of the Haitian community in Syracuse) and Paula Johnson (SU law professor and activist).

Supporters include: Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical School, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Le Moyne College, The Palace Theatre, Alto Cinco, Sparky Town, Carney and Blumer, Subcat Studios, Velidoxi Artist Residency, Davis Florist, Ward Sales Co. Inc., Media Finishings and Artists Pianos.

Proceeds will go to the Lambi Fund of Haiti, which works on sustainable development, the environment, animal husbandry, community micro credit and leadership training. The Lambi Fund of Haiti was founded in 1994 by Haitians, Haitian-Americans and North Americans. It works with women in Haiti and has partnered with the Green Belt Movement founded by Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, who is helping the grassroots movement to plant more than one million trees in Haiti.

“It is tragedy that often calls forth the worst and the best of the human condition,” says performance poet and speaker Arthur Flowers, professor in the creative writing M.F.A. program in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “In the impulse to help those in need we find the best we have to give. I am proud and moved to be part of Syracuse’s contribution, an evening of blessings, this sanctification of the ground.”

“Everything about Haiti concerns me,” says Kenel Antoine, a member of the Haitian community in Syracuse. “I was born and raised in Haiti. From the horrific pictures on TV, I could have been one of those people that died. I’ve been grateful of all the support Haiti is getting from the world, as it lifts my spirits. I strongly believe through the support of the diaspora and elsewhere that things will get better.”

“I want to lend a hand in helping Haiti, and its people shape their future,” says Pavitra Ramaswamy, an international relations graduate student in the Maxwell School and a volunteer coordinator for “Hands for Haiti.” “It’s important for all of us to come out in solidarity for Haiti and carry their flame of hope in our hearts.”

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