This Thanksgiving as we gather around the table with our families and friends, we are especially thankful for the incredible support we’ve received in our efforts to raise funds and awareness for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
When the world learned of the devastating storm that took so many lives and swept away countless homes and businesses, people across the globe were quick to react and help in any way possible. Boxes of food and supplies overflowed from the Filipino American Council building all the way onto Irving Park Rd, and social media buzzed with eager posts to organize relief.
Within a few days, our good friend Kamil Bartoszcze of KBE Entertainment posted a photo of the aftermath on Facebook and tagged several friends, urging them to team up and host a fundraiser as soon as possible. It’s because of his compassion that we co-hosted our Typhoon Haiyan Fundraiser with Kamil at Vertigo Sky Lounge in downtown Chicago on November 22nd.
“Our plan was to unify efforts to collect donations for helping emergency shelters and lifesaving supplies,” said First Generation American co-founder Jessica Rosas.
Funds were donated to UNICEF relief efforts in the Philippines. UNICEF is an agency of the United Nations devoted to serving the world’s children, and began providing assistance to the Philippines in November 1948. Laptops were stationed throughout the venue at the event and volunteers walked around with iPads, allowing guests to log onto the UNICEF website and securely make their monetary contributions directly on the site.
Special thanks to everyone that helped make this event a success. We were delighted to serve appetizers provided by Saigon Sisters, a restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop. Live music entertainment was provided by Kamil Bartoszcze with KBE Entertainment and DJ Madrid Perry. Official event photography was provided by Ray Thompson of Rockin Ray Photography.
“Even though there has been an outpouring of support, there is still so much that needs to be done,” says Rosas. According to the Wall Street Journal, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan reached 5,500 with a further 1,757 missing. Ongoing efforts will continue for years to come, and we encourage everyone to aid in any feasible capacity.
If you would like to make a donation to UNICEF, please visit: www.UNICEF.org