After the Hurricane Local Artists, Churches and Civic Groups Event to Help New York Flood Victims and Haiti

Action H2O event, now to raise money for local New Yorkers affected by the Hurricane Irene and to bring clean H2O to Haiti’s Central Plateau also affected by Hurricane Irene. The event will take place on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the evening will be filled with a wide variety of family fun to include Latin music, incredible food stations, auctions, entertainment and great activities for people of all ages. The evening will feature the music from the Jazz Band Las Manos, The Agape Singers, Vocalist Caroline Gregg as well as a Latin Dance Demos Special Guests: Jessica Layton, WNYT-Channel 13 ChrisGloninger, WRGB-Channel 6 Steve Ammerman, WTEN-News 10 Every adult ticket holder will receive a Hand Painted Glasses Tumblers crafted by Local Artists at the Colonie Art League including Jane Morrison, Annatastia Robertson, Mara Bouyea, Alyssa LaPatra, Cheryle O’Toole, Jenn Hogan, Joanna Butterfield, Theresa Hayes and Teresa Brobston. For ticket information, visit our website at www.rhythmsofhope.org Robert M Lillpopp 518.937.8206 Cindy Schmehl 518.859.4424 Working press will be invited to the event and the setup on Monday evening after 5pm at the Cathedral for interviews

St. Andrew’s and Empire Haiti Coalition gearing up for Action H20

The people of St. Andrew’s are getting ready for our biggest Haiti fundraiser of the years. Haiti Mission team members are working hard on putting together ideas for our both at the event. This year’s event is focused around the theme of clean water. Our plan is still formulating, in and effort to raise money to purchase water filters, we hope to show how dirty water can be run through a simple device and produce clean drinkable water.  Get ready to try a sample. We will also have our new Haiti 2012 Calendar and note cards available for purchase. All the booths will have some type of water theme, from a dunking booth, where you may have a change to baptize your favorite member of the clergy to a hydroponic vegetable display, a water-tasting contest and a lucky ducky game for the kids. The event will feature many entertainers, including St. Andrew’s own Caroline Gregg and Dotti Johnson. Ms. Gregg a sophomore at Smith College, will perform the inspirational songs and will be accompanies by Dotti Johnson on the piano. Come and meet local TV personalities, Jessica Layton, Steve Ammerman and Chris Gloninger. Every attendee will receive a hand painted water glass to take home. Once again, we cordially invite you to spend an evening with fellow supporters to raise funds for our clean water projects in Haiti. The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, will be hosting “Rhythms of Hope—Working in Harmony to Help Haiti—Action H2O” beginning at 5:00 p.m. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of family fun to include music, food, auctions, and great activities for people of all ages. Come bring and friend and if you can’t please visit our website and give what you can. For more information on how you can buy a ticket or donate click here.

Empire Haiti Coalition Team Heads to Haiti after Hurricane Emily to Assess Needs

Empire Haiti Coalition Team Heads to Haiti after Hurricane Emily to Assess Needs On Monday August, 7 a small Empire Haiti Coalition team, lead by Cindy Schmehl, the Director of To Love A Child, Inc. and David J. Collum, Dean of All Saints Cathedral in Albany, will head to Haiti’s Central Plateau region to assess the needs of the six communities the Empire Haiti Coalition serves. The trip will focus on bringing clean potable water to help prevent the spread of cholera in the villages, school and parishes that the Coalition serves. These communities include the villages of, Lascahobas, Lahoye, Corosse, Flande, Rantlamouaie and Poully. Prior to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 not one single case of Cholera had been seen in the country for over a century. By March of 2011, some 4,672 people had died and another 252,640 cases were reported. The United Nations projected that the total number infected would likely rise to 400,000 but researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say this is a gross underestimate. They believe the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, needs our help to bring clean water to its people. The Empire Haiti Coalition (EHC) consisting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Cathedral of All Saints and To Love a Child, Inc. form a local partnership that assists 4 communities on the Central Plateau of Haiti reaching over 1,000 children and touching the lives of thousands of other adults. To combat the lack of potable drinking water at the partnership locations, the EHC has adopted a mission to provide a dependable water supply by the end of 2012. Each location will have an individual water project implemented to serve the specific needs of the community. Each system will also include a solar-powered filtration system to remove any bacterial contamination such as cholera. To help raise funds for this endeavor the Empire Haiti Coalition will host on August 30, 2011 at The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, “Rhythms of Hope—Working in Harmony to Help Haiti—ACTION: H2O” beginning at 5:00 p.m. The evening is filled with a wide variety of family fun to include Latin music, incredible food stations, auctions, entertainment and great activities for people of all ages. We even have a dunking booth where guests can try to plunge the clergy! Upon registration, each adult ticket holder will be given wine tumbler hand painted by a local artist. We ask those in the Capital Region to please consider showing their support for our projects in Haiti’s Central Plateau. The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities. To Donate Visit <a href="http://www.Rhythmsofhope.org">www.Rhythmsofhope.org</a>