Haiti Fundraiser at TiGeorges’ Chicken

I don’t remember who said it first, but I truly believe that charity is a selfish act. At least for me, there’s no better feeling then reaching out and lending a helping hand. It took me a long time to admit, that although giving through donations or volunteering does a lot of good for those in need, I mostly do it because it’s an absolutely fantastic high.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserAfter the recent, horrific earthquake in Haiti, I’m guessing many folks around the world are feeling the post donation glow right now. Modern technology made it so easy to donate this time around. Just by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999, we could donate $10 to the Red Cross in just seconds. And the outcome has been amazing! According to CNN: “Donations via text message raised $7 million for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts as of 11 p.m. Thursday.”

Last night I was in Echo Park attending a fundraiser for Haitian quake victims. I’d never been to (or even heard of) TiGeorges’ Chicken Restaurant before, but when I learned about the event via Twitter, I immediately cancelled dinner reservations elsewhere. After looking over the menu online, I was really looking forward to not just attending the fundraiser, but also eating one of the “Island Combos: The Haitian Experience.”

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserSince the TiGeorges event was to begin at 5pm, Peter left the office early and we drove together with our friend and neighbor, Nelson. Fellow foodies (and good friends) Charles & Robert planned to meet us at the restaurant. When we arrived onto Glendale Blvd, it was quite the local news event! News vans took up all the parking on the street (which was a good thing!), but it took us another 15 minutes to find a parking spot a few blocks away.

Making our way into the crowded restaurant, the first thing we saw were cameras and microphones everywhere. A few people were passing trays of brownies and other treats, thanking us for coming and supporting their efforts, while owner (and restaurant namesake) TiGeorges LaGuerre was busy juggling interviews.

Straight ahead was a long line to the counter where we could order food, but we soon realized that actually eating at TiGeorges right then wasn’t the best idea. Standing room only with back-to-back news crews was not the Haitian dining experience I was hoping for.

After a quick group chat, we decided to leave cash donations and come back another time for a full meal. But unlike Nelson, Robert and Charles… Peter and I forgot to bring cash (I figured we would add a donation onto our dinner tab). Thankfully, the nice folks behind the counter agreed to charge us for a small coffee, and my sweet husband left the largest tip I’ve ever seen for a cup of joe!

Walking out front, we all felt good, and there was such a moving electricity in the air. So many of the people in the restaurant were Haitians there to support each other, but many were like us… just regular folks stopping by to drop off a few extra bucks. We felt good and had that “do gooder” high I was writing about earlier.

Doing good to FEEL GOOD is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Because in the end, it’s the actual DOING SOMETHING that counts right?

Photos from last night (where over $14,000 was raised!):

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Amazing to see all our local news crews covering the event!

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos (clockwise from top left): NBC news, sign for Wyclef Jean’s YELE, TiGeorges LaGuerre, More news cameras.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos: Waiting in line to donate, the money jar on counter, Peter and I taking it all in…

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
The first fundraiser for Haitian quake victims at TiGeorges in Echo Park.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Exterior of TiGeorges’ Chicken

Note: A second TiGeorges fundraiser is planned for TOMORROW, January 16th from 2-7pm

TiGeorges’ Chicken Website
309 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 944-1515

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserDonations via Text:

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)

Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)

United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)

Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747. This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only.

More details via CNN

CBS Evening News video of TiGeorges’ Event

Red Cross Newsroom

Wyclef Jean’s Yéle

Text donations raise $7M for Red Cross Haiti effort

More about last night’s fundraiser on L.A. Weekly

Echo Park Haitian restaurant raises $14,000 for quake relief

Fox Video of last night’s event

NY Times list of restaurants helping Haiti

“Even before the earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, children in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere ate cookies made of dirt.” via Atlantic Food

Our good friends that joined us last night:

Nelson Coates – website

Charles Thompsons – blog

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9 responses to “Haiti Fundraiser at TiGeorges’ Chicken

  1. Robert G.

    Jo,
    Great post! I’m glad to have seen charity in action with you. I heard today that they raised $14,000 last night. That is really amazing.

  2. Like Robert said above so good to be a part of this charitable outing with you. It’s amazing to me the outpouring of help from everyone. You’re right: being charitable is selfish.

  3. Yutjangsah

    Great work! It’s nice to see everyone pitching in to help others. Warms my heart.

  4. It was just great to see people rally…. Thank you honey for arranging for us to be there.

  5. Kat

    Great post Jo. Of course you are one of the most generous people I have ever met so this comes as no surprise to me :)

  6. You are simply WONDERFUL!! xoxo

  7. Jo, you are the greatest. Looking forward to your TiGeorges dining review when you get around to it.

  8. Jenn Herrington-Stoddard

    After reading your posting a few weeks ago, I was planning on making the trip with the hubby next week and then saw this… so sad. hope they reopen soon!

    http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2010/02/update-tigeorges-fire.html

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