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The Gulf Oil Spill is a tragedy beyond my ability to even really comprehend. It was 121 days before they plugged the 53,000 barrel per day leak. Not only is our ecosystem in the Gulf in turmoil but numerous families have been affecting. So when Gloria Bell told me about this event, I had to spread the word.
I signed up as a Citizen Gulf Supporter for me and my wife. It’s only $25 per person for that level and 100% of donations (less credit card fees) collected through CitizenGulf Day of Action events will directly go to Catholic Charities to support the education programs for children of fishing families affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Even if you can’t attend you can donate here: http://citizengulfphilly.eventbrite.com/
Midatlantic Restaurant in University City has graciously provided the space for this event and will also be providing food and drink specials.
3711 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Gloria Bell who has had a strong hand in helping to organize and spread the word about this event, said this about the event:
The recent Gulf Coast oil spill was just another in a string of tragedies to hit the area over the last few years. The Philly event, in coordination with events in several other cities including New York City, Houston, Chicago and Miami, shows our support for the families, specifically the children, affected by the Gulf Coast disasters. Knowing the caring and generosity of the Philadelphia community, it was a natural fit to include Philly in this national event. If doing something as simple as bringing people together to have fun, while at the same time raising money and awareness of the plight of these families can make a difference, I was happy to coordinate the efforts to put on Citizen Gulf Philly.
Catholic Charities’ After School Assembly is a program that was started after Hurricane Katrina to set up a supportive after-school program for children who had recently suffered the trauma of the storm. This project will extend the program from the city of New Orleans into coastal parishes and provide fifty children with a safe environment that will give participants access to interactive learning opportunities, self-esteem building workshops, therapeutic art activities and other activities and services needed by the children affected by the spill.
This project will ensure that families living in affected areas receive the extra support they need to get their children off to a great start this school year and to help ease stress on families with after school support services and activities. All ticket sales and donations from the CitizenGulf Day of Action events will go to fund the educational program.
All donations will go through Citizen Effect, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is partnering with Catholic Charities of New Orleans to implement the CitizenGulf Education Program.