PostHeaderIcon DEFIANCE: A Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook, Brooklyn

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PORTLAND LOVES BROOKLYN: Tin House and the Portland-Brooklyn Project host a fundraiser to benefit one of the Brooklyn neighborhoods most devastated by Hurricane Sandy: Red Hook.

The Portland Brooklyn Project was co-founded in 2009 by writer Kurt Andersen and artist Molly Cliff Hilts.

The PBP is an informal sister city initiative between Portland OR and Brooklyn NY celebrating our shared cultural DNA and engaging in collaborations. Portland writer Karen Karbo was in NY during super-storm Sandy and after returning, she approached Molly about doing a fundraiser to support some of the devastated areas in Brooklyn and they learned that Kurt was involved in a fundraiser for Red Hook, an area of Brooklyn, NY ravaged by Sandy and which is historically home to poor and under-served populations and more recently, artists.

The Brooklyn event called DEFIANCE: A BENEFIT TO REBUILD RED HOOK, was held on November 14, and raised $10,000. The evening featured numerous talent including writer Mary Karr and the musical talents of Steve Earle, and was emceed by Kurt.

The Portland Brooklyn Project and Tin House came together and offered to bolster the Red Hook fundraising efforts by hosting their own benefit in Portland, DEFIANCE: A BENEFIT TO REBUILD RED HOOK, BROOKLYN and the outpouring of local support has been extraordinary.

The event is at Disjecta this Sunday, December 2; doors open at 5:00 PM and the authors scheduled to appear include JON RAYMOND, KAREN KARBO, NANCY ROMMELMANN, COURTENAY HAMEISTER and PETER CARLIN.  Musical guests include former Brooklynite CASEY NEILL as well as the THE KIN TRIO + special guest Noah Bernstein.  The benefit will be emceed by Tara Dublin.  This is the first large visible effort between the Portland & Brooklyn communities and is approached as continuing in the good tradition of Portlanders reaching out, which Sho Dozono beautifully demonstrated with his organized trip to NYC shortly after 911.  In another demonstration of Sho's altruistic nature, Azumano Travel has donated two round-trip tickets to NYC for the Super Raffle. Numerous Portland restaurants (Lincoln, Pok Pok, LePigeon, Mother's, etc) have all donated gift certificates, books have been donated by the authors, subscriptions from Tin House, CE classes at PNCA, a Kindle, etc, etc. and a few of Molly's etched aluminum portraits will be available  -  all proceeds to be given to RED HOOK INITIATIVE which provides residents with emergency clothing and food, and RESTORE RED HOOK, a group that is helping to restore Red Hook’s small businesses.  It will be a quick event - over by 7:30 and you can stop in on one of the wonderful restaurants on your way home - after you win the super-raffle!

For ticket information click here!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 November 2012 07:58)

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