I need YOUR help!

I have a problem. I am a member of the HelpHealHaiti street team, and I have been challenged to do something. Now, I love me a good challenge. If it’s something I can handle.

 But……. here’s the challenge:

“my challenge to you is plan an event in your area and see it too completion in the next 6 months.  whether this is a benefit concert… and art show… a trip in.. a coffee shop night… a fundraiser… whatever… 

we want you to be the leaders in your area… you to be leading the charge for awareness and involvement.

we’ll give you everything we have (logos, videos, resources, a voice, etc….)”

Ok, that in and of itself is not a problem. Here’s the problem.

If I were to list all of the talents I have, “event planning” would be really really near the bottom of the list. Right above flapping my wings and flying to the moon, a little below playing saxaphone. I am the ultimate clueless one about things like finding venues, figuring out what people are interested in or would come to, publicizing stuff. This is not false modesty, folks – I’m generally pretty realistic about my abilities and my limitations, and this sort of thing is the sort of thing that I legitimately suck at.

On the other hand, I do have a gift for being friends with creative interesting people, many of whom are really good at stuff I’m not. That’s where you come in.

What could be done right here in l’il ol’ Carteret County to raise awareness and maybe a couple of bucks for the wonderful but seriously hurting people of the Northwest Peninsula of Haiti? Please please please – toss me ideas, a plan, a swift kick in the general right direction – no, really – ANYTHING! I’m floundering here, somebody toss me a rope!


  1. Rochelle said,

    October 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    You should have an art show. Or a mixed event with live music, art and coffee. That mix should appeal to a pretty wide range of ages. Or an auction. Hit me up if you need more ideas. I can help partially plan too. I have done a bit of event planning. A huge part of it is making it seem amazing to people. (Don’t count me in on that. I am the worst person at marketing EVER)

    • Chandra R said,

      October 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

      Ok, I can handle making it sound amazing. My problem is the figuring out what “it” is – the five Ws.

      Where – what kind of venue (that I can afford!) would be appropriate for this?

      What – as in what art? I know some great photographers :), but otherwise my contacts in the art world are nonexistent. And music? I have a few Haitian CDs, but the only live musicians I know around here are Innerchange. I can get great Haitian coffee.

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