On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic, 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, crippling its capital of Port-au-Prince and devastating a nation of millions. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 225,570 people have died, 300,000 were injured and more than 1.3 million are homeless.
To help rebuild permanent and stable housing, a group of professionals representing companies from Citigroup to JP Morgan Chase, Essence Magazine and more have joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to raise funds for Haiti at an exclusive charity brunch. The Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch will take place Saturday, May 15, from 12:00pm to 4:00p at Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Ballroom.
Proceeds from the brunch and silent auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity International and its effort to provide earthquake survivors with short-term shelter and long-term transitional homes. They have made a commitment to serve more than 50,000 families over the next five years.
“The Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch is focused on raising much needed funds while providing a platform for dialogue about the devastation in Haiti,” says Sir Charles Hill, one of the Brunch organizers. “It’s important that we fulfill our duty as global citizens to ensure that the people affected by the quake have safe and secure homes as they rebuild their lives and return to some level of normalcy.”
Emceed by DeMarco Morgan, Weekend Anchor, NBC4, the event will include an art exhibition, silent auction, and Haitian cuisines along with a panel discussion exploring the issues related to the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. There will also be special performances by Joya Bravo and Ase Dance Theatre Collective.
Additionally, the fundraiser aims to educate the community about the depth of the devastation in Haiti and motivate attendees to encourage their communities to continue to support the Haiti relief efforts.
- Michael S. Carren, Senior Philanthropy Manager, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- Joseph Champagne, General Council, Global Syndicate
- Dr. Richard Garfield, Henrick H. Bendixen Professor of Clinical International Nursing, School of Nursing and Clinical Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
- Dr. Ferentz Lafargue, Directory of Ethnicity and Race Programs, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
- Johanna Laurent, New York Executive, Life for the World
- Joseph Mulvey, Regional Development Director, Corporate Programs, Habitat for Humanity International
Guests attending the event will help Habitat provide:
- Emergency kits – $250 each
- Transitional shelters ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 each
- Core homes for a family of five – $4,000 – $6,000 each
Ticket price includes ($100, $125 if purchased after May 12):
- Silent Auction and Reception
- Brunch (Includes traditional Haitian cuisines)
- Panel Discussion
- Musical Performance
- Traditional Haitian Dance Performance
- Donation to Habitat for Humanity International
If you can’t attend the brunch but would like to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity to help Haiti, click here.
Haiti Rebirth Charity Brunch Host Committee: Tracye R Adams, Ilyas Akbar, Dwayne Ashley, Jamaal Bailey, Tai Beauchamp, Bridget Bland, Margaret Bouhairie-Martinez, Bill Campbell, Lorraine Collins, Calcie Cooper, Kipton Cronkite, William Davison, Betina Dowdell, Meghan Fennelly, Stephanie Fils, Russell Green, Ashley Hartsook, Haiti Is Me, Hearts4Haiti Global Initiative, Latoya A. Henry, Sir Charles Hill, Diana Hilson, Natema Hines, Andrea Hoffman, Tatiana Holifield, Jillian James, Nichole Kirtley, Kara Lee, Todd Leverette, Demetria Lucas, Tean Ly, Nadine Morency-Mohs, Jesse Owens, Jason Parker, Carla Payne, L. Matthew Perry, Nkrumah Pierre, Kevin Powell, Dennis Rudder, Aden Seraile, Jeannine Sikora, Shana Stephenson, Rahshib Thomas, Shana L Wells
Event Organizers: CLI Event Group and Latoya A. Henry