The California For L’Aquila Earthquake Fund will present the Save L’Aquila Project, a photography exhibition fundraiser at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery in Santa Monica from Saturday, October 3rd through October 10th to support the victims of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck April 6th in and around the city of L’Aquila, Italy.

Fifty villages were seriously damaged and perhaps more than 15,000 buildings were destroyed in the earthquake that hit the Abruzzo region of Italy. News reports indicated that 1,600 people were injured and 306 were killed. Following the devastation, 65,000 people are now living in more than 5,000 tents, hotels and other temporary housing.

California For L’Aquila was founded in order to raise public awareness about this disaster, to provide assistance to its victims, and to inform and educate communities in the earthquake-prone areas. The organization’s first fundraiser will take place with the photo exhibit at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception from 5 to 10 p.m. October 3rd, displaying numerous photographs taken before, during and after the earthquake. Each photo tells a story through the artistic eyes of professional photographers, but also from the victims themselves who are witnesses to their own destroyed city, a spokesman for the earthquake fund said.

All photos are available for purchase during the exhibition and are online at www.savelaquila.org/ for $30.

Proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Save The Children.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, various guests and experts have been scheduled to discuss earthquakes and preparedness. During the exhibition, an evening will be dedicated to screening short films and documentaries shot in L’Aquila right after the disaster.

Dany Bohbot and Monica Dusi, co-founders of the Save L’Aquila Project, say they hope to take the exhibition to others cities, including Washington, D.C., Rome and L’Aquila itself.

The gallery is open daily from 1 to 10 p.m. Information, (310) 406-7344.

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