On Tuesday, February 23 from 5-10 pm, enjoy an evening of good food, good friends, fun and the opportunity to continue aid to the Haitian relief effort at the “Benefit for Haiti” at Andy’s Mediterranean Grill, 906 Nassau Street (off Gilbert Avenue).
A joint effort of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Student Government Association and Andy's Mediterranean Grille, 100% of all sales and tips generated in the 5-hour period will go to two organizations dedicated to Haitian relief - Partners in Health and La Maison des Enfants de Dieu (an orphanage in Port-au-Prince).
Andy’s infamous belly dancers will entertain and donate their time for the evening. The Fabulous Cheap Suits, a band including a number of Xavier faculty, will perform. Xavier Rabbi Abie Ingber is facilitating the event with his good friend Andy and student Daniel Francis.
Andy's is the creation of brothers Majed and "Big Andy" Hajjar, natives of Zahle, Lebanon. It is relaxed yet sophisticated, with Mediterranean-themed art and culture evident, including a collection of hookahs (smoking pipes for flavored tobaccos). Mediterranean food is healthful and uses spices to enhance flavor rather than fat and salt.
Partners In Health (PIH), founded by Paul Farmer, M.D., has been in Haiti for over 20 years and brings modern medical care to poor communities in 12 countries. PIH has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned with the world. Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities it serves.
La Maison orphanage is the group from which Xavier professor Chris Pramuk and his wife adopted two of their children. Sophia and Henry David were united with their new family on January 27. Many children in Haiti still need the services of La Maison and other agencies.
This is the second benefit created by Rabbi Abie Ingber and Andy Hajjar. The first, in 2006, raised more than $10,000 for hospitals in Lebanon and Israel.