Tony: Just A Bit Of Local Criticism of Help Haiti Efforts

Right now I’m searching for something, ANYTHING to watch other than really self-righteous celebrities sound so sad about the suffering of Haiti – Which most of them found out about less than two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the subject of Haiti still dominates the TV news headlines and it’s slowly being discovered that celebrities like Wyclef Jean might not be able to save the world with their poorly run charities.

Even better, there is just a tiny bit of Internet backlash regarding a local Haiti relief effort that’s worth just a tiny mention. It seems that the numbers related to media events in this town might be held up to scrutiny once again.

Earlier in the week Bob Walkenhorst and The Elders among others claimed to have raised nearly $5k for the Red Cross with a benefit concert at The Record Bar. I linked the PR type release without much afterthought. Then a comment gave me a brief moment of pause. Check it:

“I’m going to call bullshit on this one. The cover charge was what, $10? That means they had 500 people in there? That room has a capacity of 250. And the bar/wait staff has the capacity to serve maybe 75. Anybody know if RB took their standard 20% pay-to-play cut? If so, that’s a pretty good night for the RB'”

The math adds up but assumes that there weren’t any bigger donations than just a cover charge . . . That’s a natural assumption for all of the cheapskates on the Internet. Meanwhile, I tend to take the participants of the event at their word given their generosity in donating time. In the final analysis, what’s ultimately disheartening for me is the realization that the end of the life cycle for this story is approaching and locals (like me) are already starting to lose interest in the tale of Haiti’s devastation despite the fact that their struggle will go on long after the news media’s gaze turns elsewhere.

Tony Botello

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6 Responses to Tony: Just A Bit Of Local Criticism of Help Haiti Efforts

  1. Anonymous says:

    You really are pathetic.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You didn’t enjoy last night’s telethon?

    Go to Hell.

  3. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer
    Wow Tony, see what happens when you Don’t have a photo of a hot chick….cool cars though…

  4. Anonymous says:

    tony..those self rightous celebrities raised
    over 60 million dollars for the people of
    Thats about 1 million lifesaving kits for
    the people…or enough money to feed the
    homeless there.
    Obviously you are searching for something..
    i think its a heart becuase it seems like
    you’re the one who sat on his ass and did
    As far as the bar doing something good..I
    applaud them because $5000 is a lot of
    money. Even if it was only $10…thats
    $10 more than a$$wipe dog shit like you
    Go back to royal liquours with your brothers
    on the street!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tim doolittle
    RB does not charge bands to play..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Big Ole D
    JoJo…simmer down buddy boy. Could you even locate Haiti on a map before the earthquake.

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