Over $700,000 Raised at Tsunami Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, California

ANAHEIM, California (January 11, 2005) –  Despite stormy weather conditions,

over 1,600 people packed the ballroom in the Anaheim Hilton on Sunday,

January 9, to attend a fund-raising benefit dinner for tsunami victims. The

event was organized by the coalition of Mosques and Islamic organizations in

Southern California, known as the Islamic Shura Council of Southern

California, and Burbank-based charity Islamic Relief USA.

Over $700,000 was raised at the event. The funds will be used to provide

emergency relief to the victims of the tsunamis.

Islamic Relief USA is implementing several emergency relief projects to help

the tsunami victims in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India. The projects include

emergency medical aid, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, water and

sanitation, and distribution of food and clean water.

Among the speakers at the event were local and national Muslim leaders, as

well as the Consul Generals of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Elder Randall Huff from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also

spoke at the event. The Mormon church partnered with Islamic Relief USA in

sending a cargo plane filled with emergency aid for tsunami victims in

Indonesia on January 1, 2004.

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