Chelsea Clinton Makes You Sweat For Haiti, And 5 Other Wacky Relief Efforts

There’s a whole lot of philanthropy for Haiti going around these days, which is heart-warming. I guess everyone has their own way of going about things, which is maybe why Chelsea Clinton organized a fundraising spin class at SoulCycle in New York. To get on a bike for the class, participants gave donations ranging from $100 to $1,000, and the proceeds went to The Clinton Haiti Relief Fund. Heck, I know I’d certainly pay a hundo to sweat with Chelsea Clinton. [Healthy Hollywood]

Oh, but Haiti relief efforts get more random … and sometimes questionable. Fortunately, most of them don’t include exercising. Not that I hate exercising. Fine, I totally hate it.

  • Amy “Long Island Lolita” Fisher decided to strip for Haiti. The mother of three, who recently launched a porn site, took it all off at Scene Restaurant and Lounge in Long Island and promised to donate some of her earnings. Kudos for the good-will towards men and I guess sticking to what you do best? [NY Post]
  • Scott Nagy, a college basketball coach in South Dakota, has been coaching barefoot to raise money and collect shoes in honor of his adopted Haitian daughter, Naika. The proceeds and shoes went to Samaritan’s Feet and Scott’s goal was to raise $30,000 and 2,000 pairs of shoes. To help his cause, you can text “shoes” to 85944 to donate $5, which buys a pair of shoes for a child in need. I like the shoe theme, but eww, man feet! [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • In Austin, the Kung Fu Saloon is donating all the proceeds of their 19 vintage arcade games from Jan. 22 through Feb. 1. Every arcade game costs 25 cents, but as you might know, if you’ve ever been so lucky to combine drinking with arcade gaming, it becomes really important to get a high score on Ms Pac Man. [Biz Journals]
  • “Bachelorette” Jillian Harris organized a Twitter Tweet ‘N Meet fundraiser event so that Jilly and her friend, Billy Dec, could get all of their Twitter and Facebook friends in one room to network with each other. They charged everyone a minimum of $20 at the door to go to Red Cross for their efforts in Haiti. I’d be really interested to hear what Jillian Harris’ Twitter followers have in common that could benefit them, networking-wise? [Chicago Tribune]
  • Just in case you need to be a little tipsy to sign a check, there was a pub crawl in San Francisco to benefit the Red Cross where bars like Rickhouse, Cantina, and Rye all made specialty cocktails just for the event, with all proceeds being donated. Sounds like my kind of fundraising. Sorry, Chelsea! [FoodGal]