I am sure that by now you know that Haiti is one of my favorite countries on the planet. Today, January 12, marks the 7th anniversary of that tragic earthquake in Haiti that killed thousands of people. Additionally, Haiti suffered an additional setback from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Matthew, further adding to the devastation.
You also know that I am concerned about the plight of our brothers and sisters in Haiti who continue to suffer from the aftermath of these natural disasters that have cost the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters. The efforts to rebuild are still underway, and there is so much more that needs to be done, both there in Haiti, as well as here in the US. The continued efforts of so many in the Diaspora who have devoted their time and energy to rolling their sleeves up and helping them get the job done must not be ignored.
I just received a press release from an organization that I have just become aware of that has been in effect for the past six years focusing on Haiti's recovery - HavServe!!
HavServe is based in Silver Spring, MD, and has apparently been working diligently, out of the limelight of newspaper headlines and government mandates to assist Haiti in building and healing.
I am sharing their information with you, as well as the invitation to participate in a gala/fundraiser which takes place this weekend in Silver Spring, MD. So mark your calendars and plan to attend. Also share this with other brothers and sisters or constituencies who might be interested and able to attend.
Stay Blessed &
HavServe Gala Celebrates VOLUNTEERISM Saturday 1/14, 6-11 p.m.
The public is invited to join Volunteers, Sponsors, Partners, and Dignitaries for an evening of fundraising, food, entertainment and prizes at the Veteran’s Plaza soiree.
HavServe’s 6th Annual Volunteer Recognition Gala & Fundraiser for Rebuilding After Hurricane Matthew will celebrate Volunteerism with Haitian food, culture, great raffles and entertainment by Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) a Haitian folkloric dance troupe, and PanLara, a youth steel drum orchestra.
The event is open to the public, with ticket purchase online (price range $45 children - $75 adults, $80 at the door): https://www.eventbrite.
com/e/6th-annual-volunteer-rec ognition-gala-tickets-28942603 105
HavServe! is a United States registered 501(c)3 charity.
HavServe, a 400+ volunteer strong non-profit organization, promotes youth social and economic development in the Washington DC Metropolitan area and in Haiti through education, leadership development, and community volunteer service. Founded after the 2010 earthquake, HavServe is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in the Washington Metropolitan Area and in Haiti; it is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Links: www.havserve.org, https://www
.facebook.com/HavServe, https: //www.instagram.com/havserve/
To fundraise for HavServe programs, to thank our volunteers, while enjoying Haitian/Caribbean entertainment, dancing and dinner by Chef Marie Miriame Michel of Chez Yiamme Catering. HavServe partners with individuals, volunteers, institutions, businesses, and communities to help change lives through volunteering and service. We are especially proud to uplift our volunteers, partners and sponsors, including the Montgomery County Maryland Office of Community Partnerships.
Int’l & Local Dignitaries, NonProfit Professionals, Volunteers & Individuals interested in HavServe’s efforts to rebuild partnering communities in southwest Haiti and to uplift youth, including those from new American families in the DC Area.
Members of the general public are welcome to this festive event.
WHEN: January 14, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 11 pm.
WHERE: The SILVER SPRING CIVIC CENTER at 1 VETERANS PLAZA, Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: Beth Ann Hilton, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 310-560-8390 or bethannhilt
Silent Auction includes a Royal Caribbean Cruise - Ocean View Stateroom 4-Night or 5-Night Caribbean Cruise for 2: Enjoy Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination Labadee, Haiti, with the world’s longest zip line over the water! And many more items..
ENTERTAINERS: Dancing by Jean Appolon Expressions: https://jeanappol
Music by PanLara Youth Steel Orchestra: https://www.faceboo k.com/LaraFamilyFriends
Visit our ticketing website for all details at https://havservegala2017.ev
Twitter handle is @HavServe if you'd like to connect, follow and share with us; we are also on Instagram as HavServe.
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HavServe, P.O. Box 4173, Silver Spring, MD 20707