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Did you know that you can claim donations made for Haiti earthquake relief on your 2009 taxes?  Donations made after Jan. 11 and before March 1, 2010 can be claimed.  See this link for more information.  Twelve days left to make your donation and claim it on your 2009 taxes!

If you’re in southeastern Wisconsin, join the Mission River Band at Sportzone Grill and Bar in Germantown on Friday, February 19th at 8 p.m.

From their website:

The Mission River Band plays the great music from the “golden age of rock” – The Beatles, The Stones, Clapton, The Eagles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Neil Young, To…m Petty, and some interesting “deep cuts” as well a few classic R&B favorites.

MRB is unique in that the band’s inspiration and motivation comes from performing in support of causes that are important to the group’s members. MRB has performed in support of fundraising events for organizations including Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lumen Christi Parish School, the Boerner Botanical Gardens, Guitars for Veterans (G4V), Special Olympics, and the Retinal Research Foundation.

Come on out and join The Mission River Band in a celebration of the music we love, in support of causes we believe in. What’s better than Classic Rock, except Rock for a Reason?

New post-quake photos from Port-au-Prince posted on our website.  View them here.

Filmmaker Chip Duncan is in Haiti with the same group that Katie Wolf and Cherlie Severe are working with (Relief International). He’s posted a few pictures on Facebook.  You can view them here. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to view the photos (but if you are a Facebook user, search for Friends for Health in Haiti and become a fan)!

Friends for Health in Haiti board members Dr. Tom Mahn and Dr. Greg VonRoenn were interviewed on our local ABC station in Milwaukee, WI.  See the interview here.

Dr. Wolf was interviewed on “Here and Now” on Wisconsin Public Television yesterday.  The interview can be found here.

While Dr. Wolf was in New Jersey this week, she was interviewed for a local newspaper.  The first interview took place the day before the earthquake, and the second was the day after.  Both were printed in today’s newspaper.

FRANKLIN WOMAN FUNDRAISING TO BUILD CLINIC IN HAITI

FRANKLIN WOMAN, HOME FROM WORK IN HAITI, FEARS RECOVERY AFTER QUAKE WILL BE DIFFICULT

Executive Director Katie Wolf and Director of Nursing Cherlie Severe were in the United States at the time of the earthquake.  As far as we know, there were no problems out in Jeremie, which is quite far from Port-au-Prince.  Katie and Cherlie were scheduled to return to Haiti next Tuesday.  Those plans will depend on the situation in Haiti.  We’ll keep you informed as we get further information.

Good morning from the home office in Wisconsin. I’ve been receiving emails and phone calls inquiring about the safety of our staff in Haiti. I am waiting to hear from Dr. Wolf about any details she has, but I can tell you that she is currently in the United States and was not in Haiti during the quake. I will update as soon as I hear more!

Our “Hope for Haiti” committee is already hard at work planning the 2nd Hope for Haiti banquet. It will be held on April 17, 2010 at the Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee. Stay tuned for further information!

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