Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Interfaith relief effort succeeds

Tsunami assistance money being sent to Save the Children

Express Staff Writer

Immediately following the devastating Dec. 26tsunami in South Asia, the Wood River Jewish Community Advisory Board, chaired by Adam Koffler of Ketchum, met with leaders and representatives of several religious organizations of the valley to develop a strategy for collecting donations.

The group came up with a name, the Wood River Valley Interfaith Tsunami Relief Effort, and a concept. Each organization would collect money through their facilities to be donated for the ongoing relief efforts in Asia. It would make it simpler and more localized for the community at large to donate this way.

"Everyone is most keen and eager to involve their religious organization to this humanitarian effort," Koffler said in early January. "It is truly a Wood River Valley community effort."

On Monday, Jan. 24, Koffler announced that over $60,000 was raised locally to aid victims of the tsunami through the religious communities of the Wood River Valley. Contributions will be sent to Save The Children and to the Catholic Relief Services.

"Special thanks to the many donors who responded to this community effort; to the local media for assisting the publicity of the campaign, Sun Valley Online for creating the and to Ketchum/Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce for their Business After Hours collection," Koffler said.

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