Soon after a massive earthquake struck the impoverished country of Haiti on Jan. 12, Pacific Domes owner Asha Deliverance ordered her plant into full production.
Her goal: to provide three domes to ensure shelter for emergency crews, who were working round the clock to rescue victims and perform triage.
Deliverance had taken the same action twice before, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 and when mud slides devastated Honduras after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
As Pacific Dome crews scrounged fabric and purchased thousands of dollars in steel, their goal grew to 10 domes.
Student-run KSOC Radio, based at Southern Oregon University, signed on to help. The station will hold a benefit concert and presentation from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday at SOU's Britt Ballroom, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., to raise money to ship as many donated structures as Deliverance's company can produce.
"We will send them until they need no more," Deliverance said.
"We're using every piece of fabric we have in our stockpile. They have doctors on the ground without shelter and we can come in with a small package and implement a wind-proof solid structure within hours."
Friday's fundraiser will feature entertainment by local bands and a presentation by relief workers being sent to Haiti to install the domes.
Deliverance said the community support, more than the fundraising, was a boost for a company facing a tall order.
Thus far, she's purchased $50,000 in steel towards the effort and provided $150,000 (wholesale value) in fabric. Some $8,000 in shipping already has been amassed with several more domes to be sent.
Steven Fields, director of KSOC Radio, said the fundraiser would hardly "scrape the surface" of Pacific Domes' effort but would raise awareness about the project.
"Our main focus is to help assist them in anything they need and in putting the word out about what they're doing," Fields said.
"If we could even raise more than it cost to put on, I'd think we could call it successful. And more would certainly be welcome."
Deliverance said her focus was on helping the global community more than on cost.
"I've got one guy saying, 'Be careful Asha, we don't want to go under with this,'" she said. But I say, 'Don't worry, we're going to be just fine.'"
"This is the right thing to do "¦ and I'm that girl who will keep going until it's jeopardizing something else."
Friday's event is open to all ages. Admission is a minimum $5 donation.
For details, contact Fields by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 231-392-4050 or 541-552-8762.
Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at email@example.com.