Saturday: Kanaval Portland | Carnival-Style Party To Benefit Haitian Orphanages + Win Tickets ($150!)

We are giving away a pair of tickets ($150 value!) for “Karnaval Portland”. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn & emailed Friday, August 27 @ 3PM.

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Related: Bill Pierznik /Mangrove Fund on OPB speaking on work in Haiti

From our partners at Karnaval Portland

Kanaval PortlandPortlanders Invited To ‘Raise The Roof' With A Rockin' Carnival-Style Party

Kanaval Portland! is coming to town. Eight months after earthquakes devastated Haiti, more than 1 million children remain orphaned or displaced. Kanaval Portland! is the brainchild of Portland attorney Bill Pierznik who adopted a son from Haiti and is now tirelessly working to raise funds for Haitian orphanages through Mangrove Fund.

The event is inspired by Kanaval Haiti, the biggest festival of the year that celebrates music, dancing and the country's rich African and Creole heritage. It's also one heck of a party!

"This isn't your typical, stuffy fundraiser. The cause is also near to my heart as an adoptive parent," says Pierznik.

Event Details:
Kanaval Portland!
A Haiti fundraiser sponsored by Mangrove Fund
Adults only (21 and over)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
6:00pm — 10:00pm
River View Picnic Area at Oaks Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland OR 97202 | $75

This party will pull out all the stops and feature:

  • MC for the night is the fabulous Darcelle
  • Live music from The Kung Pao Chickens
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • Southern down home traditional goodness prepared by Miss Delta
  • Traditional carnival entertainment with stilt walkers, jugglers, and clowns
  • Belly dancing performance by Jewels
  • Fire dancing performance by Shireen PressTarot card reading by Karen Campbell and caricatures by Barbara PikusBoulder Dash, gladiator jousting arena, dunk tank, lawn games and more!

About Mangrove Fund
Since 2007, Mangrove Fund, a Portland-based 501(c)(3) entity, has provided development and rebuilding assistance to Haiti. The organization provides education, health care and community development assistance to the people of Haiti and is now focused on rebuilding efforts after the devastating earthquakes. For information on Mangrove Fund, call 503.445.4090 or visit

For more information on this event, contact Jules Rupae at 503.675.2588 or [email protected]

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31 Responses to Saturday: Kanaval Portland | Carnival-Style Party To Benefit Haitian Orphanages + Win Tickets ($150!)

  1. sarah August 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Ha. This sounds like so much fun AND its for a good cause! This would be a great way to spend Saturday night! Count me in:)

  2. Jackie August 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    This is amazing! I want this so bad.

  3. Geoff Kleinman August 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Nice to see another fundraiser for Haiti, seems like people have forgotten about this cause and moved on, and yet people still really need help there.

    Party looks fun too!

  4. Jessica Lansing August 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    My boyfriend and I really want to go to this. Sounds amazingly awesome. Perfect Saturday night. Would love to contribute to a fantastic cause. AND we are incredibly friendly cool Portlanders. What is better than this. See you there!

  5. Amber August 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    I agree, i am really glad to hear that the fundraising efforts are continuing and Haiti is not getting put on the back burner like so many other catastrophes. If you haven’t looked at the Mangrove Fund website, check it out–I am really impressed by some of the initiatives!

  6. philip muir August 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    please please please… my friends just came back from Haiti, and i would love to be able to delight one of them with the opportunity to see this event. thank you very much for the offering it out

  7. Ian August 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I own the Ghosts of Cite Soleil on DVD and watching that documentary made me realize just how much help Haiti needs on all levels. I would like to be a part of any event that provides some of that help.

  8. Jennifer Brewer August 25, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    What a fantastic AND charitable way to spend a Saturday evening. And it’s being held at my favorite place in all of Portland — Oaks Park! :-)

  9. Brittany Williams August 25, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I would love to attend this event because I have a huge heart for Haiti and its children. I have a close friend who has been working in a medical clinic for the past eight months near Port au Prince and hearing his stories is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I want to support this cause but because I am currently unemployed I would not be able to attend using my own means. Merci!

  10. Kacy August 25, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I would be absolutely thrilled and honored to attend this event! What a fun and inventive way to raise awareness and compassion for those children struggling in Haiti.

  11. Amy VJ August 25, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I would sure love to attend this fun party – and for such a great cause! I am closely following the situation in Haiti and would love to be a part of this wonderful event!

  12. dana r. August 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    would love to go support the cause. important to get the message to the public.

  13. emily August 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    as an elementary school teacher, and really as a human being, my heart always goes out to the children that are effected by disaster. This event brings a portland spot light back onto to disaster in Haiti and the work that still needs to be done to restore the Haitian way of life. This sounds like an amazing event for an even more amazing cause.

  14. mark fields August 26, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    WOW!This event is for a GREAT cause and I’m having a rough time of it myself and really use an AWESOME FUN NIGHT OUT!

  15. Heather August 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I’ve been to many carnvals around the world and it would be nice to see this one.. plus i couldn’t afford to go without winning the tickets. Thanks for this and good luck to them!

  16. Elle August 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    pick me!

  17. patrick hyde August 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    This sounds AWESOME!!! my fiancee would love to attend!!
    but we are so poor right now we sure could use some help paying for a fun event like this! and would love to help the people of Haiti!!!

  18. Josh C. August 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    What a fantastic event for a great cause. I would be honored to attend.

  19. Anna August 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Great cause, great event, great food, great drink, great people.. it all sounds so great!! My heart goes out to anyone in need for sure.. and this single mom needs to get out this weekend!! What a great combo…Pick me!!!

  20. emily willard August 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    OMGosh, this would be SUCH an amaxing event to attend! Darcelle mc’ing?! I would love to learn more anout Haiti and to get to see a little of the passions that drive the people to be so strong!!! So awsome!

  21. Benjamin August 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I would like to connect to Haitians on the ultimate level: by visiting them in their home country. Until then…this is the next best thing.

  22. Satida August 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    This sounds great! I love carnivals and this would be a fun Saturday night event.

  23. Ben August 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing event and I’d love to see it.

  24. Stacey August 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    The event sounds marvelous, and for such a good cause. It would be so nice to attend!

  25. Jacqui August 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    This sounds like such a fun time! I would like to go and experience being surrounded by people partying for change. :]

  26. Weston August 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun for a good cause.

  27. Carl August 27, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Its time to see the Kanaval! Alas I have no tickets may I borrow some today and pay you back on Tuesday?

  28. Jesse August 27, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    I would be grateful to be part of this event. My gf and I love African and creole culture and food. It has been an incredibly hard summer of unemployment, and an even like this would not even be possible at this time. We love to dance, and experience other cultures. I love the cause of the event as well. It would also be a nice way to make up for not being able to attend Burning Man this year.

  29. free August 27, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    i would love the chance to learn about this cause and the culture around it.

  30. Angel August 27, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Knowing that there is such a long way to go to recover from the destruction and poverty in Haiti, I am excited to see an event like this in Portland to help our brothers and sisters from afar. If we could attend this it would be a great opportunity for my boyfriend and I to dance our butts off in support and to celebrate the strength and courage of the people and children in Haiti. Vive L’Haiti!

  31. Tiffany August 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday and so wanted to go to this event it looks amazing, alas we are broke and can not afford the price for tickets. It would be woderful to win some. And we would donate what funds we have to such a wonderful cause.

    Thank you!

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