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Community gathers in support of hurricane relief efforts

On Friday, Sept. 30, members of the Dartmouth community and the surrounding area met on the Green to reflect on the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Veronica Jones '06, a New Orleans native
Veronica Jones '06, a New Orleans native, spoke at the Sept. 30 gathering. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"This is a community which has done so much, so quickly to respond," said Dean of the College James Larimore, "a community which I believe is at its best during the hardest of times." Larimore profiled the work of Katrina Help, the first subcommittee of the newly established Dartmouth College Emergency Response Committee, organized to help the College effect an immediate response to disasters worldwide.

Nick Taranto '06, who hosted the gathering, spoke of a potential service trip over Winter Break to Biloxi, Miss. "We hope to have people on the ground there as soon as possible," he said.

Professor of English Lynda Boose spoke of her experience traveling to Houston from visiting family in Albuquerque, N.M., to volunteer for storm refugees at the Astrodome. "I felt the desire to do something," she said.

Other speakers included Tom Sherry '73, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, here as a Visiting Scholar as part of a program to accommodate displaced faculty, and Veronica Jones '06, a native of New Orleans.

"What affects one of us affects all of us," said Stuart Lord, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S Dean of the Tucker Foundation as he closed the event.

Tuck raises $100,000
At the Tuck School, a fundraising effort launched on Aug. 31 has raised $100,000 for hurricane relief. Gifts matching the total amount raised by students were contributed by Tuck Overseers Jim Allwin Tu'76, Alan Leventhal Tu'76, former Board of Overseers member Jack Byrne and an anonymous donor. The funds will be given to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization led by Curtis Welling '71, Tu'77. "The result of this challenge is a testament to the people in the Tuck community," said Dean Paul Danos, a native of New Orleans. "Everyone came together on very short notice and rose to the occasion."

By JOEL AALBERTS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08