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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises nearly $22,000 for Haiti school

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.

Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.

After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.

The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus performs Haiti school fundraiser on June 25

June 13th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus is performing its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Phinney Ave. N.

The concert is free with all donations going to the George Marcellus School in Haiti. Last year’s concert raised $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus has raised more than $60,000 for two Haiti schools in the last 12 years. The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus raises entire year’s budget for Haiti school in one night

June 22nd, 2015 by Doree

More than 200 people attended Saturday’s Phinney Neighborhood Chorus concert to raise funds for the George Marcellus School in Haiti, raising $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

The school’s annual budget is $6,582. Of that, $4,902 is budgeted for teacher salaries, $180 for school supplies, and $1,500 for one meal per day for each child (sometimes their only meal of the day).

The chorus has raised more than $90,000 for two Haitian schools in 12 years.

Online donations are still accepted through the Mona Foundation.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus annual Haiti benefit concert is Saturday

June 13th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus will perform its annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. There is no charge, but donations are accepted for the George Marcellus School.

A reception will follow the performance.

More information on the George Marcellus School can be found at the Mona Foundation website.

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Haitian food truck opens in Greenwood

October 15th, 2012 by Doree

PhinneyWood reader KZ sent us this picture of a new Haitian food truck called Boungu KenKen, parked at 9796 Holman Rd. NW, by the Shell gas station and Luisa’s Mexican Grill.

“Very friendly owner and very tasty food,” KZ says.

Thanks for the photo and info, KZ!

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus holding 9th annual fundraising concert for Haiti school

June 14th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus is holding a special Father’s Day fundraising concert for a school it sponsors in Haiti. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Several members of the chorus traveled to Haiti in April to meet the students of Lekol Pa Nou, which means “our school” in Creole.

Six of the students at Lekol Pa Nou in Haiti. Photos courtesy of Tim Sanders.

The chorus, whose motto is to “sing locally and act globally,” raised more than $1,000 in its first fundraising effort in 2004, and a record $11,500 at last year’s concert.

Haiti is recognized as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and Pichon is particularly isolated. The tropical storm crisis of 2004, the 2010 earthquake, and the dangers of civil unrest, have made contact between the US and the school most difficult. The community is proud that in the five years that students have taken the national exam for graduating sixth graders, 100% of the Lekol Pa Nou graduates passed the exam, meaning they are then qualified to pursue their secondary education.

Students and teachers during a song-and-dance circle in April.

Lekol Pa Nou has more than 400 students in preschool through sixth grade.

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Boys & Girls Club teens holding fundraiser for work in Haiti

February 14th, 2012 by Doree

A group of teens from the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood is hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 25 to help send a local church group to Haiti, and to raise awareness of issues that still linger there long after the massive 2010 earthquake.

It’s part of a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America project called “After the Cameras Leave.”

The Greenwood group is raising money for Epic Life Church’s “Hands on Haiti” group of 17 young adults who will go to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in March, to help the Haitian people rebuild homes, schools and churches.

The event features Haitian appetizers and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. It is at the Boys & Girls Club at 8635 Fremont Ave. N. from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $10.

To purchase tickets by phone, contact Averi at Epic Life Church, 206-552-9586. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Phinney Community Chorus raises nearly $10,000 for Haiti school

June 16th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Community Chorus raised $9,675 from about 175 people who attended last Sunday’s concert at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells us that the concert included songs from around the world — France, Italy, Georgia, Croatia, South Africa, Haiti and the United States.

All the money raised will go to pay teacher salaries at Lekol Pa Nou (“Our School”) in Pichon, Haiti, which the chorus has been supporting for several years. If anyone still wants to contribute, they can make a tax deductible donation through Education for Prosperity.

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