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May 13, 2005
DH 05 PH084
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001
phammond@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Tsunami Relief Benefit Focuses on Rebuilding Schools in Thailand
Nine restaurants donate food for pre-show patio reception

CARSON, Calif. – CSUDH Professor of Teacher Education Richard Gordon worked on a project in Thailand just months before the December 2004 tsunami struck. Compelled to return to Thailand to help after the disaster, he identifies three schools that desperately needed assistance: Ban Thap Lamu and Bann Kleok Kak elementary schools, and Ban Nam Khem High School.

Returning to CSUDH, Gordon and others on the CSUDH campus – Associated Students, Inc. and the Asian Pacific Faculty & Staff Assoc. – partnered with Kasetsart University Alumni Assoc., USA, which represents graduates now living in the United States from a multi-campus university in Thailand, to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Thailand schools.

Together, they have been raising funds that will make a difference in the lives of the children left behind by the tsunami. A culminating event in this process is an evening of music and performance at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance – all the proceeds will be deposited into the fund, and a check will be personally delivered to each of the schools.

Included with the price of a ticket for the Armstrong Theater benefit is a pre-event Thai and Asian cuisine in the theater ’s patio.

WHO: Kasetsart University Alumni Assoc, USA; CSU Dominguez Hills Associated Students, Inc.; and the Asian Pacific Faculty & Staff

WHAT: Reaching Across the Pacific: A Benefit for Rebuilding Schools in Thailand
Featuring Thai classical music and dance; the CSUDH Teatro Dominguez Players; Paul Livingston and the Arohi Ensemble (a collection of world music); and Dr. Duke & Associates (Musical variety)

Pre-show in the theater patio – Thai and Asian cuisine donated by Chan Dara, Chan Darette, Chaba Thai Bay Grill, Melanee Thai, Misato Sushi, Natalee Thai, Ocha Classic, Rambutan and Tommy Tang.

WHERE:
James Armstrong Theater, 3350 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

WHEN: Friday, June 3, 8 p.m. (Patio reception at 7 p.m.)

TICKETS: $50 VIP - $35 - $25. Theater Box Office open M-F, 10-8; Sat., noon-4; phone credit card orders accepted
(310) 781-7171

For more information about the designated schools in Thailand, call Professor Richard Gordon at (310) 243-3754. For more information on “Reaching Across the Pacific,” call Pamela Hammond at (310) 243-2001.

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