March 6 fundraiser benefits victims of earthquake in Haiti

March 6 fundraiser benefits victims of earthquake in Haiti

A "Hearts for Haiti" event next weekend will raise money for victims of the January earthquake with music, improvisational performances and a raffle.

The fundraiser – organized by local community members and backed by the American Red Cross Central Illinois chapter – is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. March 6 at Class Act, 114 S. Neil St., C, a theater company with interactive performances and education.

The lineup includes performances by CU Theatresports Comedy Improv, Mordechai in the Mirror, Ryan Groff from Elsinore, and Duke of Uke.

Admission is free, but donations for Haiti will be collected at the door, organizer Hannah McMahon of Champaign said. Raffle tickets are $2.

All proceeds will go to the Red Cross for Haitian relief.

"We want to make it open so if people have already donated money to the Red Cross, we just want them to come and have fun and be there to support the cause," McMahon said.

Class Act and C.V. Lloyd are donating the venue and equipment for the event. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses, including gift cards, a class at the Little Gym and a pizza package for four at Jupiter's, she said.

McMahon sees the fundraiser as a way for families, teens, adults and those who have supported Haitian relief to come together, have fun and raise money for the people of Haiti.

"I just felt a personal conviction to do this," said McMahon, an organizer for a Champaign-Urbana moms' group. "I've been sponsoring kids in Haiti since I was in high school, and the little girl that I sponsor right now is from Port-au-Prince. They don't know what happened to her yet. We're still waiting on the news."

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