Bethany College Continues Fundraising for Earthquake Victims with Haitian Dinner

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Freshman Class Council is working in coordination with Chartwells and Bethany’s Office of Student Life to raise funds and awareness for Haiti with a Haitian dinner on March 3. The event, part of the College’s Hands to Haiti initiative, will be held in Bethany’s cafeteria from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Haitian dinner, covered under the student meal plan and $8 for others, builds on ongoing efforts by Bethany College to support victims of Haiti’s earthquake. Proceeds will be donated to the victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake through International Relief and Development (IRD), founded by Bethany Board of Trustees member and alumnus Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67. IRD currently has teams on the ground delivering aid and assistance in Haiti.

"The Freshman Class Council has teamed with Chartwells in order to raise awareness and funds for the people of Haiti,” stated Tanner Coles, Public Relations Officer of Bethany’s Freshman Class Council. “We aim to get as many people from outside the Bethany College community involved as possible. The Council is very excited for this opportunity to help those in need and to work closely with Chartwells on this wonderful project."

A menu of traditional Haitian foods will be served and will include corn and cabbage, red beans and rice, sweet potatoes, fruit salad (pineapple, mango, oranges, coconut), chicken with Ti Malice sauce (spicy), Griot (fried pork) and corn meal porridge. The corn meal will be cooked outside over an open fire in a large kettle.

Haitian flags will be displayed in the cafeteria, and donation buckets listing various services such as running water and electricity —things often taken for granted and that many in Haiti are living without— will be placed around the room. Chartwells will donate food and service to help make the event possible.

To contribute to Bethany's and IRD's efforts in Haiti, visit IRD’s web site at and click on “Donate to Haiti Relief.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.