WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 22-28, 2010)

CHARITY

From Deep in the Closet to a Needy Girl’s Prom.” By Jim Dwyer. New York Times. March 26, 2010. Trapped in closets all over New York, and probably the world, are ghosts from thousands of prom nights, Sweet 16 parties, weddings. A decade ago, as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ms. Kerrigan and a classmate, Rashia Bell, came up with a scheme to get those ghosts dancing again. Since then, they have collected and given away about 20,000 barely used formal dresses, plus some brand-new ones, to girls who might not have been able to afford their own. On April 17 they hope to distribute 2,000 in a pop-up boutique at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

A City United by Tragedy, Divided by Its Kindness.” By Bob Davis. Wall Street Journal. March 27, 2010. On the morning of April 3, 2009, Jiverly Wong walked into an immigrant aid center in Binghamton, NY and opened fire with two Beretta handguns. He killed 13 people and wounded four before ending the rampage with a bullet to his head. Dozens cowered in the basement and closets for hours before they were escorted out of the building by police. The killing spree both united and tore apart residents of this blue-collar city ringed by pine forests. Churches, charities and local shops raised about $300,000 for the victims. A quieter but messy drama then unfolded: how to divide the money among survivors and family of the dead, all of whom had different needs and expectations?

High-rise climb for Lung Association fundraiser.” By Jaxon Van Derbeken. San Francisco Chronicle. March 28, 2010. Christopher Mora-Posey could only watch last year as fellow San Francisco firefighters scaled the 1,197 steps to the top of the former Bank of America building on California Street to help raise money and awareness about lung disease and asthma. He was among 50 San Francisco firefighters and 1,150 other well-conditioned souls who clambered up 52 stories through the heart of the former Bank of America building.

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