Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Local creative ideas raise $ for Japan

Friends Ina Miller, Andrew Wood, and Jordan Daly (pictured here with Red Crosser Lisa Grider) stopped by the Red Cross on Tuesday to turn in money donated by their friends.

Last Saturday night, hundreds of Red Cross supporters gathered at the Louisville Marriott Downtown to dance, mingle and celebrate the Red Cross mission. Little did they know another party in honor of Red Cross was going on in St. Matthews.

Under the glow of the Supermoon, Jordan Daly and his roommates threw an “80’s Spring Break” themed party as a last huzzah before moving into a new place. At the suggestion of his friend Ina Miller, the party became a fundraiser for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund. By requesting donations from the parties 40+ attendants, the group was able to raise $250.

Local organizations are also doing their part to help raise money for relief efforts. The Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School (GLRJSS) used their creativity to start “Cranes of Hope.” The cranes are constructed using the Japanese paper art form Origami and sold for $1 a piece.

CORRECTION: The Louisville Orchestra has partnered with GLRJSS to host a free concert with suggested donations benefiting the relief fund. The concert takes place Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road, in Louisville. GLRJSS will host pre-concert activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more info and directions, visit the event website.

Thanks to these groups and everyone else who has donated to the relief efforts! Check out this release for the latest on Red Cross efforts in Japan.