Wednesday February 2, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of an internationally themed concert and food festival to benefit victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Several Metro Government departments, in partnership with the Jefferson County Medical Society, are hosting “Tsunami SOS International Concert: A Gift from the Heart” on Friday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Auditorium, 970 S. Fourth St. The event will feature a “World Café” with several international food vendors opening at 5:30 p.m., followed by a series of international music and dance acts beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free to attend, with an encouraged $10 minimum donation to the medical society’s Supplies Over Seas (SOS) program that distributes medical supplies to countries around the world. In addition, the international food vendors are donating 30 percent of profits to SOS.
“When a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, the impact reaches beyond cultural and geographic boundaries,” Abramson said. “Louisville is home to many people from many nations, and this event will demonstrate this community’s ability to come together as one to reach out and help those in need.”
The musical talent, performing at no cost for the event, includes:
• Hussam Al-Aydi and his band Baladna (Arabic)
• Kalor (Latin American)
• Marissa Ghavami (Iranian-American youth vocalist)
• Slackshop (American rock)
A number of traditional dance groups will perform as well, showcasing Central Asian, Chinese, Spanish, Somalian, Indian, Arabic, Slavic, Greek and Ethiopian cultures.
Restaurants and food vendors participating in the World Café include:
• Jarfi’s Bistro
• Mambo Cuban Cuisine
• Mayan Gypsy Saffron’s Persian Cuisine
• Taj Indian Restaurant
• Thai Café ValuMarket
SOS has already coordinated the shipment of seven pallets of supplies to accompany a group of local physicians and medical professionals traveling to the areas impacted by the tsunami. UPS has agreed to provide airlift for the supplies.
The Tsunami SOS International Concert is coordinated by the Louisville Metro Office for International Affairs, Health Department, Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Medical Services, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Medical Society. Spalding University is waiving its usual $4 fee for parking in its lot at 4th and Kentucky streets.
“We appreciate this outpouring of support from Metro Government and the Louisville business and public communities who are stepping up to the plate,” said Dr. Fred Williams, president of the Jefferson County Medical Society. “This shows that Louisville has a heart for helping those who have been devastated by this tragic event.”