Ithaca, N.Y. — An event that will be held at the Carriage House Cafe in Ithaca on Thursday will bring several local bands together to raise money for the victims of the earthquake on Nepal.

CNN reports on the disaster: “The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal two days ago surged past 3,000 on Monday, a government official said. The desperate search for survivors from the country’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years continued.”

“The number of people confirmed dead in Nepal stands at 3,218, said Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. India has reported 56 deaths, and China another 20. “

Here’s a link to the Carriage House event in Ithaca:

Who the fundraiser is for: Proceeds will go to benefit those in need from the Nepal earthquakes disaster, which is a disaster that is unfortunately still on-going.

From the event page: “BENEFIT NEPAL is an event that hopes to bring the wider Ithaca community together through the simple ceremony of sharing songs with one another, in an effort to connect to one other, but especially to uplift our friends and families who were the most heavily effected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. 

Given all of the stellar talent (listed below), we hope to keep things as casual as possible throughout the evening, and strive to set an atmosphere that is more like passing a guitar around a fire, rather than a bunch of planned-out sets of music. Don’t come expecting the normal or usual type of performance from any of these artists. They will be mostly unplugged and very intimate.”

Cornell statement on disaster: President David Skorton issued a statmenet saying that all Cornell students in Nepal have been located and “we know they are safe.”

“We have started establishing ways to provide them with continuing support. If you would like additional information, or if you are aware of a faculty or staff member who is in Nepal on Cornell business, please contact Craig McAllister (, director of risk management and insurance, or Alexis E. Santí (, coordinator of travel safety,” Skorton said.

“On behalf of the entire Cornell University community, I pause during our celebration of Charter Day to express great concern for the people affected by yesterday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal near its capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake and its many aftershocks have caused destruction and loss of life well beyond the country’s borders.”

Another fundraiser: “An Ithaca- and Kathmandu-based charity, Educate the Children, has set up a relief fund to support earthquake victims,” according to The Ithaca Journal. “The fund will support relief and rebuilding efforts in Nepal, where Educate the Children has a 25-year history.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.