On Wednesday, April 18th, a long list of student organizations hosted Dinner for Darfur, an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Ropes Gray room to benefit displaced persons affected by the genocide in Sudan. The proceeds went to buy solar cookers for refugees in the Iridimi and Toulom camps in Chad. The event’s advertisements explained that solar cookers allow refugees to cook food provided by relief agencies without leaving the camps to search for scarce firewood, keeping refugees safe from the violence outside the camps. Students also had the opportunity to sign letters to President Bush and their representatives to take action in the Sudan.
Participating local restaurants included Red Bones BBQ, Sugar and Spice, Bengal Café, Veggie Planet, Qdoba, Changsho, Wing Works, Pinocchio’s, Village Kitchen, Rami’s, Finale, and B.Good.
The heavily attended event was a great success for the hosting organizations. Organizer Jesse Gabriel reported that over 600 people attended the dinner and raised approximately $16,000.