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Haiti benefits: Getting value out of helping

January 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
While many already feel good about helping Haiti, local companies in the Southland have found a way for donators to get a bit more bang for their charity buck through meal deals and fitness programs.While many already feel good about helping Haiti, local companies in the Southland have found a way for donators to get a bit more bang for their charity buck through meal deals and fitness programs.

Friday night at Anaheim White House Restauran, they're serving a lasagna dinner. Donations start at $25, which includes a big-screen viewing of a star-studded telethon hosted by George Clooney. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.
(714) 772-1381

On Saturday, more than 20 food trucks are expected to gather at TLofts in West L.A., Red Cross representatives will be taking collections from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the food sales also goes to the Red Cross.
11500 Tennessee Ave., Los Angeles

Over at the Tavern Bar Restaurant and Larder in Brentwood, a "Haiti Brown Bag Lunch" is available ongoing for $16. Three dollars of each lunch goes to the cause.
(310) 806-6464

From January 24 through the end of the month, The Cellar in Fullerton is donating all profits that week to Partners in Health, which has been providing care in Haiti for more 20 years.
(714) 525-5682

At Century City on January 31, BREADBAR holds a benefit dinner for the American Red Cross with 50 percent of their Sunday supper going to the cause. Their servers will also work for free that evening in support. (310) 277-3770 http://www.breadbar.net.

With 10 local locations, The Daily Grill cooks for the cause on February 3. Offering "A Day for Haiti" relief menu featuring four of Daily Grill's favorites. All proceeds go to the America Red Cross. http://www.dailygrill.com/

In Pasadena on February 6, the Vertical Wine Bistro and local food bloggers will hold a party from 10 p.m. to close with 50 percent of the profits going to Haiti relief. "Haitian Libations Charity Event" Local bloggers Matthew Kang (Mattatouille.com), Matt Robold (RumDood.com) and Fiona Chandra (Gourmetpigs.blogspot.com) partner up to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake. http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com/index.html

Finally, for those who want to put some muscle into their money, Circuit Works in Venice is taking donations of five bucks or more per class. The club is matching dollar for dollar to help Haitians, raising more than a thousand dollars for UNICEF so far. www.circuitworksla.com

Crunch in West L.A. is taking your new or gently used athletic shoes to the "Soles4souls" program. http://www.soles4souls.org/


Free Benefit Concert for Haitian Relief Saturday, Jan 23, at 2 p.m. in the city of Cypress. http://www.thecypresspops.org/

At Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura counties, customers can donate a $1 or more just by adding it to their checks. All contributions will go to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief and Development fund.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurants http://www.kabukirestaurants.com/ are placing a donation box for customers to drop in any amount to aid the people of Haiti. They typically serve 500 to 800 people per day per restaurant, so if 30 percent of diners donate at least $1, Kabuki can raise a substantial amount over a two-week span.

According to the Daily Dish, Barbrix will give 10 percent of their gross sales to Doctors Without Borders Doctors Without Borders Sunday, Jan. 24, from 5 p.m. till close.

Lazy Dog Café in Valencia will be donating 10 percent of sales on January 27 to the American Red Cross. The community of Valencia will be making one large contribution on the behalf of all restaurants involved and their loyal patrons who dine on the day of the fundraiser. http://www.lazydogcafe.com/location

At Whole Foods Markets, donations are made in $1, $5 and $10 denominations at the register when customers check out. L.A.-area stores alone have collected more than $98,000 from customers and Whole Foods team members. Nationwide, Whole Foods Market has collected $1 million.

In Silver Lake this Sunday, January 24, Home Ec is having a bake sale to benefit Doctors Without Borders and their efforts to help the scores of devastated earthquake victims in Haiti. The bake sale will run from from noon to 5 p.m. until they sell out. http://www.homeecshop.com/

Participating Starbucks cafes in the United States and Canada are taking monetary donations at cash registers, with no purchase necessary. The money raised will go to support relief efforts by the American and Canadian Red Cross organizations. Starbucks also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross efforts to help Haiti.

Kroger, parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, said donations from customers and associates are expected to exceed $1 million. Stores will continue to collect donations for the Red Cross' Haitian relief efforts through Jan. 30.

Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange will be donating all profits on Monday, Jan. 25 to help Haiti through an earthquake relief fund set up by Mercy Corps.