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01/08/2014: FILIPINO COMMUNITY REACHES OUT TO FAMILY OF COUPLE KILLED IN VIRGINIA TORNADO

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-063-2014
31 July 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Filipino community has been actively reaching to help the three Filipino-American children orphaned by last week’s tornado in Cape Charles, Virginia.

Fil-Am organizations in New Jersey are pitching in to raise funds for the family of Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega who left three children. Monetary donations will be collected on Saturday, 2 August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 275 West Side Avenue in New Jersey.

Organizations involved in the fundraising are the Philippine American Friendship Committee, Inc., Bayanihan Club of Union NJ, FILAID Foundation, Garden State Filipino American, Inc., Jersey City Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Rizal Union County Chapter, Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League, Inc., and the United Federation of Fil-Am Educators.

Nora Dorsey, Fil-Am Community Action Group Chairwoman on Hospitality, and her husband Larry paid a visit to Lheandro, the eldest son of Balatbat and Ortega, who is in comatose at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Virginia.

Twenty year-old Jenelyn is another Fil-Am who sustained serious injuries from the tornado. She recently underwent surgery for numerous fractures.

Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron of the New York Consulate General also paid a visit to the survivors of the tornado on behalf of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Consul General Mario de Leon.

There will a viewing and eulogy for Balatbat and Ortega on Saturday, 2 August from 10 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Jersey City. A mass will follow at before the burial at the Holy Name of Jesus Mosaic. ###