Fonkoze S.B.'s Annual Irish Night Fundraiser

Traditional food, music and dancing benefiting literacy programs for women in Haiti.

When: Sunday, March 15, 2009, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. , Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Special Events


Fonkoze Santa Barbara, a nonprofit micro-finance institution dedicated to providing financial services to the poor women of Haiti, is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Irish Night on March 15th from 5-7 p.m. to raise funds to provide literacy training for 1,000 Haitian women.

Irish Night will take place at Trinity church, located at 1500 State Street, and will feature traditional Irish food, music and dancing. Attendees will be treated to a delicious meal of Irish stew, soda bread, dessert and an assortment of beer and wine. Gail O'Campanella and Tenor John Coleman will entertain with traditional Irish music. Irish group dancing and a sing-along of favorite tunes will keep the crowd on its feet.

While the spirit of the evening will be good old fashioned Irish revelry, the purpose of the event is to help the poor women of Haiti raise themselves out of poverty. To this end, Fonkoze Santa Barbara has already been successful in establishing a micro-credit branch bank in Jean Rabel-a small town in northern Haiti. The bank opened in January of this year and serves 1,000 poor Haitian women by providing them with micro-loans so that they may start their own small but self-supporting businesses and begin to make a living for themselves and their families. The commitment to the women of Jean Rabel begins with the establishment of the bank, but certainly does not end there. Fonkoze Santa Barbara is currently working to raise $25,000 to fund literacy materials and training for all of the women borrowers served by the Jean Rabel branch. All of the proceeds raised during Irish Night will go toward this aim.

Phone: 805-450-6111

Event posted March 4, 2009
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010


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