January 20, 2010

Hispanic caucus donates $5k to Haiti relief

On Wednesday, the Hispanic Legislative Caucus announced a $5,000 donation to the Legislative Black Caucus for Haiti relief efforts.

“When a segment of my community, our community, hurts, we all hurt,” Rep. Esteban Bovo, R-Hialeah, said at a Capitol press conference.

Sen. Gary Siplin, whose wife is Haitian an lost both of her parents when she was a child, said the money will go toward an ongoing fundraising effort by black lawmakers.

“Right now we can help best …by donating money,” said Siplin, D-Orlando. He added: “It’s going to take years before we can get Haiti to be the viable country that it once was.”

Lawmakers also promoted the two-day Haiti Muzik Relief Concert this weekend at Bayfront Park in Miami. The concert will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. All of the proceeds will go toward the American Red Cross’ efforts in Haiti.