February 24, 2010

Top local restaurants and wineries unite Sunday to hold benefit for Haiti

Want a chance to sample food from some of our best restaurants in our ‘burbs? You can on Sunday afternoon in a tent at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club.  You can taste food from this restaurant, as well as from other favorites, such as Lark Creek Walnut Creek, Prima, Va de Vi, and Walnut Creek Yacht in Walnut Creek, and from Bridges in Danville and Postino in Danville. You can also enjoy sweet treats from Walnut Creek Baking Company or Leonidas chocolate.

Working with Boston-based Partners in Health, these restaurants will host an afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m., of great food, drink, and music. The tunes will be provided by noted winemaker Robert Foley and his Robert Foley Band.

This is the second major effort by local eateries to raise money to help victims of the January 12, 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, which has left as many as 300,000 dead. Back in January, Rocco’s Ristorante Pizzeria held a three-day fundraiser, in which the family-owned restaurant pledged 25 percent of earnings from lunch and dinner to go to the Red Cross.

Money raised at Sunday’s event will benefit Partners in Health, a 501-(c) 3 that has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years.

A press release about Sunday’s event says that tax deductible tickets, which include one raffle ticket, are $100 per person, and are available at the participating restaurants.  Raffle tickets are $10 each and are also available at participating restaurants.

“PIH works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in 12 countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for their patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.

Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities that they serve.”

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