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Hands On for Haiti
Hands On for Haiti
Portland, OR
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Hands On for Haiti
PORTLAND'S ARTIST & CHEF COMMUNITY PARTNER FOR "HANDS ON FOR HAITI" BENEFIT FOR MERCY CORPS
Help Haiti and bid for dinners at Le Pigeon, Bunk, The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, Ned Ludd, Andina, Paleys Place, EaT Oyster Bar; Contemporary art  from Portland artists Lennie Pitkin, Ed King, Raechel Allen and more

Portland, OR (March 9, 2010)

Responding to a world tragedy is nothing new for Portlander Colleen Mendola, co- owner of the Eastmoreland Market & Kitchen. Along with artist Ed King, Mendola organized the first Hands On benefit in 2005 after the tsunami hit SE Asia. The art and culinary auction raised $17,000 for Northwest Medical Teams. Recently, when the earthquake struck Haiti, King and Mendola jumped into action to organize another Hands On benefit this time for Mercy Corps and relief for victims in Haiti. Joining them to plan the Hands on for Haiti benefit is local chef and restaurateur, Jason French of Ned Ludd; Jean-Pierre Veillet, owner of Siteworks and graphic designer Paul Mazzucca.

We couldnt sit still and watch this tragedy unfold in front of us without trying to make a difference, said Mendola. We learned from the first benefit that people want to contribute and love bidding on a great piece of art or dinner with a local chef. The sense of community is amazing.

Hands on for Haiti, an art and culinary auction and benefit for Mercy Corps will be held on Thursday, April 1st from 6-11 p.m. at 1035 NW Lovejoy (the former Eddie Bauer space). The silent auction will run from 6-9 p.m. followed by live music. Tickets are $15 and include a silent art and culinary auction featuring Portlands best restaurants and the regions most progressive and talented artists. Mini sandwiches  both savory and sweet  will be available for $1 each from some of the citys talented chefs from Gabe Rucker of Le Pigeon and Tommy Habetz of Bunk to Karl Zenk of the Heathman Restaurant and Bar and pastry chef Lauren Fortgang of Paleys Place. Beer and wine will be available for $4 per glass with all proceeds to benefit Mercy Corps.

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Tickets are available in advance for $15 at Eastmoreland Market at 3616 SE SE Knapp Street, the Siteworks office at 1255 NW 9th Avenue in the Pearl District or at Ned Ludd at 3925 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Cash or check accepted. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Mercy Corps responded in Haiti to meet immediate needs of earthquake survivors by providing food and clean water and will continue to work to help Haiti rebuild from this massive disaster, said Minda Seibert, Senior Community Relations Officer for Mercy Corps. We are honored to be the charity of choice for this community wide outreach where so many talented individuals  from chefs to artists and musicians  have answered the call to help Haiti recover.

Art Auction on First Thursday  April 1st
With many of the regions most respected and emerging artists donating to the Haiti benefit, Hands on for Haiti will give novice art enthusiasts -- and serious collectors -- a chance to take home a one of a kind piece of art. The art community helped make this event happen with their generous donations and recognized how important it is to come together as a community when tragedy strikes, said artist Ed King. The evening will include art work from Pacific Northwest artists such as:
Raechel Allen, Artist (PNCA Alumni 2003)
Eric Balderas, Artist / Graphics Professional (PNCA Alumni 1998)
Joe Biel, Artist/Educator
Nan Curtis & Marty Houston, Artists
Tim Dalbow, Artist (PNCA Alumni 1997)
Deitrich Dassenbroch, Photographer
Ty Ennis, Artist (PNCA Alumni 2003)
Chris Gander, Artist / Educator (PNCA Alumni1987)
Jef Gunn, Artist / Educator
Stephen Hayes, Artist
George Kelly, Photographer
Ed King, Artist (PNCA Alumni 2004)
Jon Langston, Ceramicist
Mike McGovern, Artist / Educator (PNCA Alumni 2004)
Roxanne McGovern, Artist (PNCA Alumni 2006)
Paul Mazzucca, Graphic Designer/Arts Educator
Raul Mendez, Artist (PNCA Alumni1996)
Bill Park, Artist
Lennie Pitkin, Artist / Educator
Jacob Redmond, Artist
Cheyenne Sawyer, Artist
Carolyn Sheedy-Mazzucca, Artist
Stephen Slappe, Artist/ Educator
Charles Steeler, Artist (PNCA Alumni 1998)
Jean Pierre Veillet, Artist/ Business Owner,(PNCA Alumni 1997)
Nick Vietor, Artist / ceramicist
Birte Von Kampen, Photographer (PNCA Alumni 1999)
Christy Wyckoff, Artist/ Educator

Top Tables in Portland
The chef community has also generously donated restaurant dinners, wine tastings and cooking classes, and will prepare small bites for the event. Guests can bid on culinary packages from local hot spots Ned Ludd, Castagma, Metrovino, Andina, Biwa, Kens Artisan Pizza and Bakery, the Heathman Restaurant and Hotel and Clyde Common and Olympic Provision.  Portland chefs are more than generous when it comes to sharing their food for a cause as important as Haiti, said Jason French. As a chef and restaurant owner, I know firsthand how crucial it is to stand up and try to make a difference. Bringing all my industry friends together means the party has just begun!

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps helps people in the world's toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, see www.mercycorps.org .

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Hands On for Haiti
1035 NW Lovejoy St
Portland, OR 97209
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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