The Abbey Theatre, partnered with Durango Orthopedics Associates and the Stillwater Foundation, will host a one-night
fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief efforts on Saturday night.
Bang the Beat for Haiti" will include live music, art and dance with proceeds donated to the Albert Schweitzer
Hospital, or HAS, in Deschapelles, Haiti. The hospital was founded in 1956 by Gwen and Larimer Mellon, the grandparents
of Durango physician Dr. Wendy Grant. It's located about 45 miles north of the Port-au-Prince and was undamaged by the
Jan. 12 earthquake, but has been overwhelmed with patients fleeing the capital in search of medical care.
A profile of Grant and her local efforts to support the hospital appeared in a Jan. 24 Durango Herald article.
HAS serves a population of more than 300,000 with surgical care, food, housing, prosthetic limbs and physical therapy.
The hospital's budget is strained during normal times, but it was forced to spend three months of its annual budget in
the first week after the earthquake.
Among the entertainment scheduled for Bang the Beat" are salsa dance lessons and a performance by Suzy DiSanto, sets
by the youth and adult musicians at the Stillwater Foundation, and an African music presentation by the Durango Drum
and Dance Collective. Also, Durango artists Miki Harder and Elizabeth Kinahan will facilitate an evening of
do-it-yourself art, and easels for painting and drawing will be provided.
Tickets for Bang the Beat for Haiti" cost $25 for a family, $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available only
at the door.