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May 13, 2005
DH 05 PH084
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001


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.

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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