Champlin resident organizes fundraiser for Philippine village

On Friday, Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island of Leyte, in the Philippines; as a result, the small village of Jaro, about 30 miles west of the island’s capital, was completely destroyed.

A significant part of the population of the small village are the relatives of Champlin resident Nena Peterson, who, with the help of family members in Hastings and the Twin Cities area, have planned a musical fundraiser and silent auction on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis.TyphoonFundraiser2_12-5

“When we heard from family members in Jaro that all their homes were leveled and that some friends and relatives were injured, we quickly organized the Parasan-Leyte Relief Cause with a Facebook page to help raise money for the village,” said Peterson. “We’ve been working to raise awareness, funds and silent auction items for the Parasan-Leyte Relief Cause ever since.”

During the fundraiser on Dec. 8, four local bands – The 221s, The Killer M’s, Them Pesky Kids and Mooseknuckle Brothers – will play, silent auction items will be open for bid and video and pictures from the Village of Jaro will be on display. The public is welcome. Tickets are $10.

“It’s been heartbreaking to see the video and photos of the village,” said Peterson. “Following that typhoon, no clean water was available and food was very scarce; unfortunately, these issues are still true today and small villages are getting very little attention or aid.”TyphoonFundraiser12-5

All proceeds from the event go directly to the village of Jaro, Leyte, in the Philippines, to provide funds so that the families of Jaro can rebuild homes, buy clean water and water filters and purchase food.

To make a cash donation, visit the Parasan-Leyte Relief Cause event Facebook at or visit any Wells Fargo bank and deposit directly to the Parasan-Leyte Relief Cause.