"Kids Of HOPE" Tsunami Relief Benefit, April 21, 2005

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High profile "Night in Sri Lanka" benefit will raise funds for Sri Lankan children.

Hundreds of children have been orphaned and many more have lost one parent. We’re pleased to collaborate in this effort to rebuild their future and thank the good people of Los Angeles for their support.

A high profile gala will be held April 21, 2005 to raise desperately needed tsunami relief funds to reconstruct schools and orphanages for Sri Lankan children affected by the tsunami tragedy. The Kids of HOPE gala will be hosted by The Sri Lanka Express Foundation in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka. This exotic "Night in Sri Lanka" event features world-class music, special guest celebrities and politicians, cultural dance, delicious food and spirits, a silent auction, and video journey from the tsunami ravaged shoreline.

When:        

Thursday, April 21, 2005

6:00pm Cocktail & Silent Auction

7:30pm Dinner    

Where:        

Regent Beverly Wilshire

9500 Wilshire Blvd.    

Beverly Hills, CA 90212    

"Children are the most vulnerable victims of the tsunami," said Gamini Pemasiri, Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles. "Hundreds of children have been orphaned and many more have lost one parent. We’re pleased to collaborate in this effort to rebuild their future and thank the good people of Los Angeles for their support."

Proceeds from the Kids of HOPE event will benefit the Sambodhi Home in Galle, a shelter for physically and mentally disabled children and adults. About half of the hundred residents of the home died in the tsunami, drowning in their beds or swept away in the torrents of water that battered coastal Sri Lanka. Additional tsunami relief beneficiaries include Oxfam, the Sri Lanka Ministry of Education for the rebuilding and refurbishing of schools and to the Lion’s Club for the rehabilitation of the Prithipura Home for disabled children in Hendala, Sri Lanka.

Tickets are $250 each and are available for online purchase at: http://www.kidsofhope.com for telephone registration, please call: (866) 462-2838.

Media Contact:

Dharmata Public Relations

Beverly Visty-Doman

(310) 822-9645 office

(213) 706-9321 mobile

Beverly@dharmata.com

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