Feb 4, 2010 5:31 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
LAFAYETTE - On Wednesday, Feb. 10, local restaurant owner Ema Haq will open his Lafayette restaurant Bailey's Seafood and Grill to benefit UL Lafayette students from Haiti.
The restaurant will offer a buffet for patrons from 5 to 10 p.m. with all proceeds going to the already-established UL Lafayette Haiti Relief Fund. The minimum donation is $20 per person.
Fourteen Haitian students are currently enrolled at the university. All have heard from their parents in Haiti following the recent earthquake and aftershocks.
"These students rely on their parents for financial help," said interim Dean of Students Pat Cottonham. "With the widespread devastation from the earthquake, their families won't be able to provide this help."
Haq said he wanted to do something for these students when he heard they were in need.
" I was once an international student here at UL Lafayette," he said. "I know how hard it is financially but with this devastation, I can't even begin to imagine."
If a business would like to pre-purchase a block of buffet tickets, they can call Haq at (337) 988-6464.
If anyone is interested in donating directly to UL Lafayette's Haiti Relief Fund, they can do so online at http://ullafayettefoundation.org/Product/Default.asp. Or, donations can be dropped off at the UL Lafayette Credit Union, 619 McKinley Street. Please specify Haitian Relief Fund with your donation.
For questions about donations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (337) 482-6276.