Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Bowdoin for Haiti Action Week

Story posted February 01, 2010

NEW! Entrepreneurs Foundation Help Haiti Fund will match donations made this week!

In response to the recent events in Haiti, a group including students, faculty, staff, and community members has formed to assist the campus in coordinating fundraising and awareness building efforts.  The Bowdoin for Haiti Organizing Committee’s purpose is to assist student groups in coordinating and publicizing their own events, encourage collaboration among groups, and facilitate a joint effort in fundraising for relief efforts.

Bowdoin for Haiti Action Week
February 20-27, 2010

Bowdoin for Haiti Action Week is a series of programs featuring athletic events, the arts, and educational and community activities - all dedicated to raising money for Haiti relief efforts and raising awareness about the rich history and complicated future of this great nation.

Donations are welcome at all events and specific ticket fees are listed where applicable.  All proceeds collected will go to Partners in Health, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, February 20

$556 RAISED!
Men's Hockey Game

Bowdoin vs. New England College
4:00 p.m.
Watson Arena
Cheer on your Polar Bears (or the Pilgrims of NEC) on the ice, but don't forget to drop off a donation at the door!

$708 RAISED!
Hearts for Haiti

8:00 p.m.
Jack Magee's Pub, Smith Union
Sponsored by the Bowdoin Music Collective, this event will feature live music by student performers.

Sunday, February 21

$625 RAISED!
Community Skate

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Watson Arena
$5/person at the door
Come out and skate with the Bowdoin and Brunswick community while listening to Haitian music!

Monday, February 22

A Cappella Concert
7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, VAC
Tickets $3 - Available at the Smith Union Info Desk
Join Miscellania, Ursus Verses, and the Meddies as they raise their voices in support of Haiti.

Tuesday, February 23

Read and Reflect
All Day
Below are resources to help you learn more about the vibrance of Haitian culture and the endurance of her people. 

Poem - "Present Past Future" by Marc Christophe
Article - "Haiti in Ink and Tears: A Literary Sampler" by Madison Smartt Bell
Blog - "Behind the Scenes: Child's Eye View of Haiti" by Candice Chan
Speech - "The Condition and Prospects of Haiti" by John B. Russworm (1826)
Video - "We are the World 25 for Haiti"

Wednesday, February 24

Jam for Haiti
7:00 p.m.
Gelato Fiasco
Indulge in delicious gelato as you bask in the talents of Bowdoin student musicians.  Gelato Fiasco will donate 15% of proceeds earned during performances to Haiti Relief Efforts.  Sponsored by the Bowdoin Music Exchange and Gelato Fiasco.

"Developing Haiti"
Lecture by Karen Blanchard (SIT)
8:00 p.m.
Searles 315
Karen Blanchard, from the School for International Training, will speak about how development can shed light on the devastation in Haiti.  Sponsored by Puentes.

Thursday, February 25

Bake Sale
Sponsored by Amnesty International
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Smith Union
Stop by the bake sale to pick up some sweets for yourself or a friend!  Proceeds will benefit Save the Children.

"Haiti: Past, Present, and Future"
Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 p.m.
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Join Professor Allen Wells, former Peace Corps volunteer Amanda Similien, and Karen Blanchard from the School for International Training for an interactive discussion on Haiti's history, current needs, and future.  Please pick up lunch from the dining hall or express lunch in Moulton Union and come up to Lancaster Lounge for the discussion.

Masque and Gown Production of John Cocteau's Orphée
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27
8:00 p.m.

Pickard Theater
Directed by Bryant Johnson '11, the proceeds from this production will be donated to the Haiti relief efforts.

Friday, February 26

Pitch In for Haiti

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

One of the primary needs in Haiti right now is shelter.  The Bowdoin Outing Club will be pitching all of their tents to be inspected, and will select well-loved tents from the inventory to donate to Haiti.  Volunteers are needed to help with setting up tents and inspections!  Contact Virginia Leone at for more information.

Donations of new or slightly used tents are also being collected by the BOC.  Tents can be brought to the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, located at 37 Harpswell Road until Monday, March 1.  Additionally, individuals can donate money to purchase tents or buy tents that will go directly to Haiti by visiting

Taste for Change Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Ladd House
$10 Suggested Donation
Experience Haitian cuisine, prepared for you by Bowdoin students!  Email Drew Trafton at to reserve your spot.

Masque and Gown Production of John Cocteau's Orphée
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27
8:00 p.m.
Pickard Theater
Directed by Bryant Johnson '11, the proceeds from this production will be donated to the Haiti relief efforts. 

Haiti Benefit Concert
9:00 p.m.
Jack Magee's Pub, Smith Union
Enjoy music by Hassan Muhammad '10, S-Caliber '08, and Haitian artist Mistik.  Sponsored by the Bowdoin Haitian Alliance.

Saturday, February 27

Charity Bench Press
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Buck Fitness Center
Flex your muscles for a cause!  Email to sign up.

Taiko Performance and Film Screening of Poto Mitan
2:00 p.m.
Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross
Experience Japanese drumming by the skilled student group, Taiko.  Their performance will be followed by a screening of the documentary Poto Mitan, a film about the women of Haiti.  Sponsored by the Class of 2011.

Masque and Gown Production of John Cocteau's Orphée
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27
8:00 p.m.
Pickard Theater
Directed by Bryant Johnson '11, the proceeds from this production will be donated to the Haiti relief efforts. 

Ebony Ball
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Main Lounge and Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Sponsored by the African American Society, donations will be taken at this year's ball to benefit Haiti relief efforts.


Cans for Haiti
February 8 - March 5
College Houses and Affiliates
As a part of the Recyclemania contest, each college house and affiliate pair will compete to collect and donate the most returnables through a Hannaford Clynk account.  Proceeds will benefit Haiti relief efforts.  Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Government and Sustainable Bowdoin.

Past Events

Homage to Haiti
Monday, February 1
7:00 p.m.
Searles 315
Homage to Haiti is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and will pay tribute to Haitian’s rich cultural contributions and what they have achieved in the face of daunting obstacles.  The program will include a panel on Haiti with Bowdoin students of Haitian descent, Latin American Studies faculty, and Doctor Samuel B. Broaddus, M.D. ’73, Surgical Team Leader of Konbit Sante, a Maine-based medical NGO focused on improving healthcare delivery in northern Haiti.  Additionally, there will be a discussion about contributing to relief efforts and a viewing of the documentary film on Haiti, Poto mitan: Haitian women, pillars of the global economy.
Contact: Enrique Yepes -

Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game
Saturday, February 13
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
This year's game will be an exciting match between students and faculty, with frequent substitution and coed teams.  Faculty participants will include deans, professors, coaches, and other familiar faces.  This is a fundraiser for the men's tennis team, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts.
Contact: Colin Joyner -

This website will be used to post events dedicated to awareness and relief efforts for Haiti.  Please email Sarah Seames at with any activities you would like to see posted here.

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