Now that the earthquake disaster in Haiti is no longer a lead item in the media, there is a danger that people will forget. But the need is greater than ever. Please join us, IRISH AMERICAN WRITERS & ARTISTS, INC, as we stage a benefit to raise funds for Haiti. The theme of the evening is ISLAND PEOPLE SUPPORTING ISLAND PEOPLE. The show will be hosted by Terry George, the Academy Award nominated director/writer of the film “Hotel Rwanda.” Musical guests will include Ashley Davis, Seanachi and Unity Squad, a reunion appearance by Black 47, as well as a Haitian band and an African drumming group. Readers will include National Book Award winner Colum McCann, Malachy McCourt, T.J. English, Michael Patrick MacDonald and others. Proceeds from the event will go to CONCERN, an Ireland-based relief orgaination that had boots on the ground in Haiti even before the earthquake struck.

WHEN: February 24, 2010, Wednesday, 7 pm – 11 pm.
WHERE: Connolly Pub, 121 W. 45th St. (btwn Ave of the Americas and 7th Ave.), Midtown Manhattan.
HOW MUCH: $30 suggested donation (more if you can).

Please join us for what promises to be a fun eveing to raise money for an important cause. If you would like to prepay, or are unable to make the event and still want to make a tax deductible donation, write your check to CONCERN and mail to:

Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.
511 Avenue of the Americas #304
New York, NY 10011