Hill staffers organize Thursday fundraiser for Haiti

A bipartisan group of congressional staffers is throwing an impromptu fundraiser Thursday after work at the Hawk n' Dove on Capitol Hill to help raised money for Haitian relief efforts. 

The event is from 6-8 p.m., donations of any amount are appreciated (no minumum), and will go directly to the Red Cross and to musician Wyclef Jean's charity, Yele Haiti.

Organizer David Barnes stressed that the hosts are participating in the event as private citizens, not congressional staffers (who are forbidden from engaging in fundraising). Nevertheless, the Hill-centric group should guarantee a fun crowd.

Host Committee

David Barnes, House Foreign Affairs Committee (majority)
Yuri Beckelman, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
Teresa Bravo, House Natural Resources Committee (majority)
Cory Crowley, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Brian Greer, Office of the Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md)
Annie Minguez, Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade (majority)
Kristal Quarker, House Republican Policy Committee
J. Williams, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.)

UPDATE, Jan. 15: Organizers report that the event raised more than  $2100 for Haitian relief, and that Linda Mathes, CEO of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, made an appearance. 

Here are some pics: 


Brian Greer, Yuri Beckelman, Annie Minguez, Linda Mathes, David Barnes, Teresa Bravo




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