Community foundation starts Haiti recovery fund

Fundraising events today
GT BARRINGTON—Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has established a disaster recovery fund for Haiti in response to the recent earthquake.
Donors are invited to make contributions to the fund online through www.berkshiretaconic.org or by sending a check made out to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, with Haiti noted on the memo line.
The proceeds will be divided equally between Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health. There is no community foundation in Haiti, so Berkshire Taconic selected these three reputable nonprofit organizations, each of which has long worked in Haiti, to receive the funds.
“In times of international or national disaster, Berkshire Taconic has a history of offering its communities ways of extending their generosity to those in need. Generosity is in our collective DNA. The cries for help from Haiti cannot be ignored,” Jennifer Dowley, president of the foundation, said in a press release.
Community members in southern Berkshire County are organizing a number of fundraising events for the Haiti recovery fund to take place this weekend, including setting up a table to accept donations at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Saturday afternoon, January 16, during the Met Opera Live in HD Broadcast.
Also today (Saturday,) a dance party at Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main Street/Route 7 in Sheffield, produced by En*Liven*ment that includes a one-hour swing dance lesson with Nadia and Paul Rix at 7 p.m., followed by blues boogie-woogie jazz with soul music by The Colbys with Bev Rohlehr from 8 to 11p.m. Other fundraisers or individual donors are welcome to contribute to the fund at any time.
The foundation builds stronger communities and improves the quality of life for all residents of Berkshire County, Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, and northwest Litchfield County, Conn.
Thanks to its donors, in 2009 Berkshire Taconic distributed nearly $7 million in scholarships and grants for programs in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection.
Berkshire Taconic is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. For more information visit www.berkshiretaconic.org.

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