PSA: Indonesian earthquake fundraiser

My friend Iliki, in whose wedding I was maid of honor many years ago, emailed me an urgent message this morning:

I need your help please… I’m involved in an event to raise money for the Indonesian earthquake survivors, it will be on June 24, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium – kinda like what they had in 1999, remember? I need to promote this event and get the press release going (see attached)… I already sent to LA Times and several newspapers; but do you know editor names (and emails) that I can use and send this press release to? thanks Girl… Also if you can help spread the words to your friends & colleagues that’ll be great too. We need as much money as possible. So many people are dying because there’s no proper medical help, and one of the biggest volcanoes there is going to erupt any minute now… Making things worse! Thanks so, so much. Oh yeah, and I will be dancing too at this event, so please… come and watch! :)

I have been friends with Iliki and her now-husband Mel (they started out being at each other’s throats at the now-defunct M&A) since 1997, I think, and have previously been involved in their Indonesian fundraisers, which are always a lot of fun. And obviously, this is a good cause. So here’s the info:

Several Los Angeles-based groups are co-sponsoring a charity event to benefit survivors of the recent earthquake that hit the central part of Java Island in Indonesia.

Titled “Yogyakarta”, in reference to the major city that suffered the most damage from the earthquake, the June 24th event will feature Indonesian music and dance performances. The event will take place at USC’s Bovard Auditorium starting at 7pm.

Although the event is free and open to the public, a $20 donation is suggested. Donations can also be made through event’s web site, at

All proceeds will go to the victims of the Yogyakarta earthquake through several non-profit charity organizations, including World Harvest, Lions Club International, Bengkel Amal, and Die Bruecke.

“Yogyakarta” will showcase the talents of local dancers and musicians, performing traditional Javanese and Balinese dances and music. A fashion show and a band are also in the program.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Java, Indonesia, on May 27 left more than 6,000 dead and 600,000 people displaced or homeless.

Charity groups web sites:

I won’t be in town the day of the event, so who ever is reading my site – represent! Make me proud!