Party with a purpose to aid victims of typhoon

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 28, 2013 

File photoRoonie Griffeth, known as DJ Roonie G, has planned a "party with a purpose" at his club in downtown Columbus, Mix Ultra Lounge.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Typhoon Haiyan benefit

    When: 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Mix Ultra Lounge on Broadway

    Cost: $10 cover; sample Filipino cuisine for $5/plate

When Roonie Griffeth found out about the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month, he wanted to do something.

So he reached out to the Filipino American Association of Columbus and spoke to past president John Campos.

They met two weeks ago and planned the "party with a purpose" at Mix Ultra Lounge on Broadway. Griffeth, one of the top club disc jockeys in the country, owns Mix Ultra.

The benefit will be from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the club.

"Some of this global stuff, I don't see much happening in town supporting them," said Griffeth, who is known as DJ Roonie G. "I feel like sometimes you have to take your own initiative to make a difference. I wanted to do it.

"It's a huge thing that happened over there. I wanted to make a difference."

Campos has a cousin who lives on the island of Samar and had his house wiped out. He's now living with his in-laws. Another member has 54 family members who were affected by the typhoon.

The cover charge of $10 a person and all the bar sales will go to the local association, which will in turn send the donation to an agency in the Philippines, Griffeth said.

FAA current president Joe Garcia is flying to the Philippines on Sunday and taking the donation to give to "a trustworthy organization like the Filipino Red Cross," Campos said.

"I just want to make people aware of it," he said. "Every little bit makes a difference."

The club will offer samples of Filipino cuisine for $5 a plate, which includes Filipino pork barbecue, fried rice, pancit (noodles) and lumpia (eggroll).

A few local Filipino singers will perform.

The FAA is one of two Filipino associations in the Columbus-Fort Benning-Phenix City area, Campos said. The FAA has 124 families in the association. It meets once a quarter and has several parties a year, including its anniversary picnic which celebrates the founding of the association in 1989.

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