19 May 2010

$10,000 raised for New Orleans rebuild - Merci!

Why $10,000?. That's the cost for materials and fittings to rebuild a typical 1200sf shotgun house, and it was the goal for Gumbo Stomp 2, Cajun dance fundraiser at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Chicago, last Saturday night. Thanks to the terrific Midway Ramblers Cajun Band; awesome auctioneer and MC, Mr. Tom Jackson; the gumbo chefs at Toons (Southport and Byron), and every person who volunteered, donated, danced, or showed up to help raise up New Orleans.

Speaking of a typical shotgun house, here's one that we worked on during a recent trip – before, dry-walling the ceilings, and completed. All Saints' parishioners and friends will be making their ninth re-build trip this fall.

If you couldn't stomp with us but would like to help, please consider purchasing the DVD, Katrina Resurrection. It's a collection of three short documentaries that capture All Saints' five-year partnership with St. Luke's, New Orleans and other volunteer communities who partnered in this work, and the Office of Disaster Response (now Episcopal Community Services), Diocese of Louisiana. 100% of all profits from the DVD sales go to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and the Central Gulf Coast. Merci encore. Updated link posted 17 Sept 2010:

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