‘Reach Out for Haiti’ fundraiser to be held at Zel’s Del Mar


A “Reach out for Haiti” fundraiser will be held at Zel’s Del Mar on Sunday, April 22, from 3-9 p.m.

Miraculously surviving the earthquake with a broken neck, Edeline Felizor was brought to San Diego for treatment and therapy within days of the disaster. Being sponsored by Byron Shewman (founder/director of Youth Without Borders), Edeline has lived in San Diego the past two years and will speak of her experiences. She will be joined by Pastor Garry Auguste of Port au Prince who will reflect on the tragedy and aftermath of the earthquake as well as the current needs of Haiti.

As a volunteer who went to Haiti four days following the earthquake, Shewman worked closely with an American medical team and Pastor Garry in treating injured Haitians. One of the many victims transported to their medical clinic in Port au Prince was Edeline. Shewman and Pastor Garry arranged the transportation of the injured woman to the U.S. Navy hospital ship for surgery which saved her life. Subsequently, they arranged for her transfer to San Diego for therapy which was not available in Haiti.

Youth Without Borders supports 20 Haitian orphans and children injured in the earthquake, as well as assists several orphanages and schools. Shewman has been to Haiti 10 times since the earthquake and continues to work closely with Pastor Auguste in Haiti.

The public is invited to the event and the rare opportunity to hear first-hand of the plight of Haiti. The event is sponsored by Zel’s Del Mar, Stone Brewing Company, Charles Mondavi winery.

For more information, contact Byron Shewman, Youth Without Borders, 619-934-1009. Zel’s Del Mar is located at 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; www.ZelsDelMar.com.