Chess Without Borders Hosts Haiti Fundraiser
By Betsy Dynako   
February 10, 2010
Yury Shulman with a student at the Feb.6 Chess Without Borders event, Photo Betsy Dynako
With their school surrounded by snow, the children at Barbara Rose Elementary in Barrington, IL were thinking of a faraway place.  On February 6th Yury Shulman’s Chess Without Borders hosted a tournament/fund raiser for Haiti open to players of all ages.

Fundraising chairs third graders Rishi Narayanan and Kyle Shuff oversaw food sales between games. Much of the food was donated from Bertacchi Builders, INC and besides the usual pizza, hot dogs and candy, included fresh pasta dishes and fruit. Shuff said they chose to have the food sales benefit Haiti because “of the devastating earthquake and they (the residents of Haiti) lost everything.”  Narayanan said he felt that the money should go to relief efforts simply so those in Haiti could “have the same basic things that we do."

Precocious fundraisers, Photo Betsy Dynako
The boys had hoped to bring in $2,000.00 to donate to the Red Cross Haiti fund.  They walked the halls with a basket of cookies hoping for last minute sales.  Unfortunately, the final total was only $400.00.  Despite the disappointing total, eight-year-old Shuff says that volunteering is about helping people. In that vein, every bit helps.

A flyer to promote food sales at the latest CWB event
Read more about how chessplayers helped raise money for Haiti in CLO stories about FM Mike Klein's exhibition , Expert Luke Harmon-Vellotti's exhibition and Daaim Shabazz's call for help. Daaim has also posted information on a fundraising effort for Sabine Bonnet and will contribute an upcoming article about the crisis and how it relates to the chess community in Chess Life Magazine. In a related subject see Betsy Dynako's previous article about CWB, Philanthropy on the Board.