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Bay Area Nonprofits Organize Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

The Bay Area Iranian-American Voter Association (BAIVOTER), an Iranian-American voter education organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, today (January 19, 2004) announced that it has joined a number of Bay Area Iranian-American nonprofit organizations to conduct a fundraiser in support of the victims of the recent massive earthquake that devastated the ancient Iranian city of Bam.

The earthquake that struck the south eastern city on 26 December killed over 40,000 people and destroyed most of the buildings in the city. According to a recent United Nations report, the long-term rebuilding of the quake-hit city could cost up to $1 billion. In another recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in the long term $30m will be needed to restore the city's health services. The WHO report said that mental health is a priority, as many survivors are bereaved and traumatized.

The fundraising event, which will be held at the FAZ restaurant in Sunnyvale, will feature the stories of those who have recently visited the quake-hit city, as well as slide shows, music, food and drinks.

A minimum donation of $100 is required of the attendees. All donations will be matched by Relief International (, which will also be in charge of distributing the funds for relief efforts in Bam.

Bay Area nonprofit organizations involved in organizing the event include the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce, Mehr Foundation, Persian Cultural Club, Dehkhoda Institute of Persian Language, Iranian Parents Club Northern California, Society of Iranian Professionals, Deedaar Group, and Individual Human Rights Activists in Northern California.

Date: Saturday, January 24th
Time: 5:30-9:30 PM
Location: FAZ Sunnyvale
1108 North Mathilda Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA

Further information can be obtained by calling (408) 752-8008.
Contact: Arash Alavi (

The Bay Area Iranian-American Voter Association (BAIVOTER) is a nonprofit, non-partisan, volunteer organization, working to encourage and facilitate the informed and active participation of Iranian-Americans in the democratic process, through a combination of voter registration, voter education, and advocacy. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, we educate ourselves and others on issues affecting the Iranian-American community, and on our civic rights and responsibilities as effective citizens. BAIVOTER is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation founded in October 2002. For more information, please visit, or send an email to

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