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Two events that focus on the recent tragedy in Haiti will be held in February 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Two events at Vassar College, this week and next, will focus on the recent tragedy in Haiti.
On Thursday, February 4, from 8:00-10:00pm, Vassar students have organized “Holla for Haiti,” a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief in the AULA of Ely Hall. According to organizer Emma Carmichael ’10, “The event will feature performers from the Poughkeepsie and Vassar communities, including Nina Vyedin, Ade Raphael, the M-Power Dance Troupe, Happily Ever Laughter, Young Dougie, and a string quartet from the Vassar Orchestra." This is a collaboration between a number of student organizations, including Hip Hop 101, Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), the French Club, the African Students Union, the Caribbean Students Alliance, and the Vassar Democrats. The hosts for “Holla for Haiti” will be TC Weaver with DJ Curt Kre-Z spinning Haitian music on the turntables. In addition, Haitian art will be on display from the VHP. Donations of $5.00 will be collected at the door to go towards the Vassar student body donation to Yele Haiti.
There will be a community candlelight vigil for the victims and survivors of the Haitian earthquake in the Vassar College Chapel, sponsored by the Dutchess County InterFaith Council along with the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life at Vassar College, on Monday, February 15, at 7:00pm. Commemorating the one month anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti, the interfaith community will offer a candlelight vigil followed by shared multi-faith prayers, silent meditation, song, and fellowship. Participants will include representatives from the Hindu Samaj and the Mid-Hudson Islamic Association / Masjid Al-Noor of Wappingers Falls; Poughkeepsie’s Temple Beth-El and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church; various representatives from Vassar College; as well as a visiting Haitian priest. The service will close with a musical offering, performed by Vassar alumnus and Bridge Music composer Joseph Bertolozzi ’81, on the Chapel organ. (Please note that this event was originally scheduled for 10 February.)

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 3, 2010