An update on the “L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund”

We finally received the total count of the money we were able to raise during the L’Aquila Eathquake Event: as you might remember we hosted a fundraiser at the Ferragamo store in Beverly Hills at the end of May. Our shared effort with Global Giving, Ferragamo, and our celebrity eBay auction secured a total of $103,264!!! We are thrilled by the outpour of generosity, and we hope this little chunk of money will help feed or provide shelter to as many people as possible. There is still a lot to be done for L’Aquila and other little towns in the Abruzzi Region: still over 60.000 people are living in tents or trailers, schools have to be able to start operating again in about a month or so, and many basic needs are still in need of financing to bring life back to where it was before the Earth shook… On top of that, winter is basically around the corner.
Our efforts have not stopped since the May event, here is a link to a new Los Angeles based initiative that we support with pride: Save L’Aquila Project. For one week, between the 3rd and the 10th of October, 2009 at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery in Santa Monica, a photo exhibit will tell the story of the Land and the People of the Abruzzi Region in the aftermath of the earthquake. Pictures can be purchased for a fixed price of $30 at the art gallery or on the web, and all proceeds will be devolved to the cause. We are counting on you to keep on making the difference for the families affected by the disaster.