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Haitian Restaurant Raises $14,000 for Quake Aid

TiGeorges plans another fundraiser for Saturday



    Haitian Restaurant Raises $14,000 for Quake Aid
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Haitian restaurant owner George Laguerre kicks off a fundraiser at his restaurant TiGeorges' Chicken for the earthquake victims of Haiti while waiting for news of the fate of his friends and family on January 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. More than 50,000 Haitians are believed to have been killed by the magnitude-7 earthquake. International rescue organizations are struggling to reach the island nation to save some of the untold numbers of victims who remain trapped under the rubble two days after the quake struck. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Laguerre

    TiGeorges LaGuerre has been unable to contact anyone in his homeland since it was struck Tuesday by a magnitude-7 earthquake.

    As he waited for information, he conducted a fundraiser Thursday for quake relief. The event at TiGeorges' Chicken restaurant in Echo Park raised about $14,000.

    "Haiti is at a point where they really need great help," LaGuerre said. "I don't think Haiti is  prepared to deal with disaster of this magnitude. They are really crying out  for help."

    About 300 people visited TiGeorges' Chicken on Thursday night to donate money.

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    "We raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,300," LaGuerre said. "We are going to have another fundraiser on  Saturday."

    The 56-year-old LaGuerre moved to the United States 39 years ago. He is  from Port-de-Paix, about six hours from the densely populated capital of Port- au-Prince. The quake's epicenter was 10 to 15 miles southwest of the capital  city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    LaGuerre said a two-story building in which his cousin lived collapsed. As for his brother, he has not heard from him.

    LaGuerre said the money raised at TiGeorges' Chicken will go to Yele  Haiti, a foundation founded by musician and rap artist Wyclef Jean in 2005.

    TiGeorges' Chicken is at 309 Glendale Blvd., south of Echo Lake

    NBCLA and Telemundo Los Angeles are sponsoring "Hope For Haiti," three drive-through fundraising events that will raise money for the Haitian relief efforts of the American Red Cross and Operation USA. Here's the schedule:

    • Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana
    • Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena
    • Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Location to be determined