IZOTE'S NIGHT FOR SIGHT FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Izote, a local non-profit that has committed itself to supporting sustainable development projects in impoverished communities in El Salvador through literacy, health, and ecology initiatives, is holding its fourth Annual Night for Sight Volcano Rock and Roll Dinner Dance fundraiser at the Sea Cliff Manor this Saturday, March 21.
A good deal of Izote's work in El Salvador is to help the visually impaired. In May 2012, the organization opened an eye surgery unit at San Pedro Hospital, and a second unit at the national hospital in Sonsonate a year later, making cataract surgery available to the indigent in the impoverished Central American country. Izote board member and ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Appel has performed dozens of eye operations during surgical missions to the El Salvador during the past two summers.
Through its literacy campaign the group has shipped 50,000 books to communities throughout the country helping to establish 23 school libraries, four community libraries, and, for more remote areas, 100 mini-libraries in a backpack.
In addition, through targeted donations, the group has raised $10,000 in support of the Mangrove Association's Sea Turtle Conservation Project at the Bay of Jiquilisco on the Salvadoran Pacific coast where four endangered species of Sea Turtles nest. The Association purchases turtle eggs from local collectors who would have otherwise sold the eggs at market. The eggs are incubated and then after hatching, the baby turtles are released onto the beach where they enter the ocean. Through its efforts, Izote has protected 44,000 eggs.
At Saturday's event, the classic rock cover band Chicken Head will provide the evening's entertainment. For tickets and more information contact Barbara Dubin at 516-8185 or visit the IZOTE webssite - www.Izote.us
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