LOGAN, Utah – Local comedy and music talent will perform in a charity event to help donate an ambulance to Guatemala, July 29, at the Logan Art House and Cinema located at 795 N. Main. The event will include a jazz musician, a comedy act, and a three rock band concert between 4:30 and 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go towards Charity Anywhere Foundation’s 9-1-1 Guatemala project to transport an ambulance and supplies to the rural hospital of La Tinta, Guatemala. The event will open at 4:30 p.m. with an original video and introduction to the 9-1-1 Guatemala project. Jazz Artist, Liz Woolley, will then perform from 5 to 6 p.m. Up and coming comedian, David Paul, will provide a comedy act from 6 to 7 p.m. Then from 7 to 10 p.m. rock groups The Steven Halliday Band, The Vile Haunts, and Stay for the Summer will end the almost six hours of entertainment for charity.”It’s great to have so much talent come together for something like this,” said James Ribera, co-owner of the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. “Not only can patrons come and enjoy good entertainment, but support a great cause also.”The entry fee into the event is any dollar amount or baby toy donation at the door. The USU student led 9-1-1 Guatemala group plans to fill the ambulance with baby toys at the event to donate along with the ambulance.”The [Guatemalan] hospital specifically asked for baby toys,” said Jesse Dredge, 9-1-1 Guatemala project coordinator, when asked about the entry fee. “They have a big play room with no toys for the kids.”The 9-1-1 Guatemala project, started by USU students in February and adopted by Charity Anywhere Foundation, bought an ambulance from Oneida County, Idaho, in April with donated funds from local doctors and dentists. USU student project-coordinators then traveled to Guatemala in May to meet with hospital staff, and the La Tinta city mayor to plan the donation. “They use a mattress on the floor of a truck right now,” said Paul Oja, project coordinator, about the ambulance currently used by the hospital.More volunteers joined the project’s ranks and the project grew to providing hospital staff trainings, community health trainings, and the construction of a mud slide retention wall in Guatemala throughout the month of August. Volunteers, consisting of university students and medical professionals, will meet the ambulance in Guatemala to take on these tasks.The ambulance’s journey to Guatemala as well as the project’s progress can be followed throughout the month of August through the projects website: 911-guatemala.org.For more information about the 9-1-1 Guatemala project or the charity concert please visit 911-guatemala.org, or loganarthouse.com.
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