Pair of benefits raise money for relief in the Philippines

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Two regional benefits to remember the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines are raising money over the holiday weekend in a continuing effort to send relief to the region. It's estimated the storm killed at least 5,500 people and destroyed around $563 million in crops and infrastructure.

KAAL-TV in Austin, Minn. reported that more than 100 people bought tickets and attended a Saturday night fundraising dinner in Mason City, Iowa, with the proceeds going to relief efforts through the American Red Cross. The Mason City Globe Gazette reported that Delia Kilby of Mason City, a native of the Philipines, organized the event with other members of the United Filipino-Americans of North Iowa. She was once a teacher in Tacloban, one of the areas left in shambles by the storm.

Meanwhile, the Duluth News Tribune reported that a Duluth church plans a fundraising dinner on Sunday. Peace United Church of Christ, which already had a Dec. 1 event planned to honor its relationship with a group of churches in the Philippines, has upped its efforts in light of the needs following the typhoon. The church is holding a a traditional Filipino dinner, with all donations going to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

Samantha Ziegelmann, who moved to Duluth from the Philippines in 2007 and is one of about 60 Filipinos in the Duluth area, is preparing the feast, which will include such dishes as chicken adobo, egg rolls and rice noodles.

For a decade, the Duluth church has had a relationship with a trio of Church of Christ congregations in the northern part of the Philippine island of Mindanao.

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