Congregation's American Airlines raffle benefits Haiti relief efforts

     And the lucky winner is....Marty Olsen, who works at Jen's Deli and now has two round-trip tickets from American Airlines to the destination of his choice in the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.
     The Congregation's 2010 raffle raised just over $9,000, thanks to the work of the Social Action Committee.
     At the urging of Social Action co-chairs Alexandra Laing and Agnes Rampino, the Synagogue's Board of Representatives voted to donate the entire amount raised to USVI Haiti Relief. This local group has done an impressive job of getting medical supplies and personnel into Haiti from the first days after the earthquake. The USVI Haiti Relief fund is adminstered through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. This is the second year American Airlines has donated two tickets to the Synagogue to benefit our extensive community social action programs. However, given the enormity of the problems facing our neighbors in Haiti after the reent earthquake, the Board of Representatives voted unanimously to donate money from this year's raffle to Haiti relief.
     "We are grateful to American Airlines for this wonderful gift," said Rabbi Stephen F. Moch. "The money we raised will help the hands-on efforts to assist the people hardest hit by the earthquake, including children left orphaned by the disaster."
     The winning ticket was drawn Feb. 28 at the Jewish community's Purim celebration at St. Peter Mountain Great House sponsored by the Hebrew Congregation and Chabad of the Virgin Islands. The lucky ticket was sold by Hank Feuerzeig.