Monday, June 6, 2011

Union Station Turns Red to Support Joplin, Missouri “Red Tie” event on June 13th

[Thanks to Ray van Hilst for writing up the press release for us!]


Union Station Turns Red to Support Joplin, Missouri “Red Tie” event on June 13th to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Joplin residents affected by the tornados

WASHINGTON, DC – June 6, 2011 – In a city where it seems everyone is from somewhere else, local residents and groups have banded together to raise funds and support the residents of Joplin, Missouri affected by the devastating tornados of May 22, 2011.

On June 13, 2011, DC area Joplin natives KiKi L’Italien and Kylee Coffman in partnership with Events for Good will host “Show Me” Support for Joplin: A Red Tie Affair – a Red Themed Fundraiser to support the Joplin area and its residents.

Starting at 6 PM at The Columbus Club in Washington DC’s Union Station, attendees will be treated to a “show down” of chefs taking on their rendition of a Joplin, Missouri favorite – "Spaghetti Red" from Fred and Red’s in Joplin. The event will also feature live music, raffle prizes and the personal stories of some Joplin residents affected by the tornados. Event proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International and their efforts to rebuild homes in Joplin, Missouri.

“Our red theme is inspired by a Joplin area institution and puts a twist on the standard black-tie affair of most fundraisers,” said organizer KiKi L’Italien. “We hope everyone will be ‘Dressed To The Reds’ and come out and lend their support.”

Attendees are encouraged to wear anything red – ranging from a completely red outfit to accessories such as ties, shoes, scarves and hats.

“Our hometown was hit hard by this disaster and our family back in Joplin has been helping friends and neighbors start to recover,” said organizer Kylee Coffman. “We couldn’t just sit by here in the DC area and not contribute. Thanks to the generous support of so many, we are honored to be able help out in our own way and pitch in to help those who lost everything in the storms.”

Event tickets are tax-deductible and available starting at $75. Tickets may be purchased online at Event Tee Shirts are also available starting at $20.

Donations are also tax-deductible may be made to Red4Joplin through Eventbrite.

Additional groups supporting the fundraiser include Design Cuisine, Encore Décor, Interactive Magic, Eventbrite and Nakeva Photography in addition to friends and colleagues of organizers KiKi L’Italien and Kylee Coffman.

About Red4Joplin

KiKi L'Italien and Kylee Coffman, DC Metro Region residents and former "Joplinites," partnered with Events For Good and friends and businesses throughout the United States to aid their hometown of Joplin, Missouri, in the wake of the historic EF-5 tornado that ripped through the Midwestern Ozarks city late Sunday, May 22, 2011.

The group’s mission is to financially aid families crippled by loss of employment and home and to relieve the suffering of Joplin tornado survivors.
For Additional Information:

Lindsey Rosenthal
Events for Good

KiKi L’Italien

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