Haiti nonprofit launches first in series of fundraisers

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Haiti Friends is an organization that brings Haiti to you using art as the vehicle. Proceeds from fundraising efforts go toward the deforestation of Haiti.

Video and Story by Heather Hightower

This past weekend Challenges captured the excitement and flavor of “Pearl Miami,” the inaugural fundraising event presented by the nonprofit Haiti Friends at the Little Haiti Caribbean Marketplace near the Cultural Complex.

The event was a cool “Ca’Haiti’ribbean » Miami esque vibe with the sounds of a DJ mixed with a live cello artist. In attendance were community locals, Miami-Dade county officials, fashion trendsetters and art lovers of all kinds. Mingling, networking, and discussing art all for a good cause was the the heartbeat of the evening.

Speaking at the event was the Sandy Dorsainvil, director, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, as well as Audrey M. Edmonson, county commissioner, District 3. The night showcased world-renowned Haitian artists and celebrity chefs making delicious dishes, paired with tropical caribbean spirits.

The Feb. 23 event will showcase Haitian Artist Esprit d’Ezili, while the March 12 event will feature Haitian Artist Croix de Bouquets. Pearl Miami will also present works from the following Haitian artists: Emilcar Simil, Pascale Monin, Prefete Duffaut, Fritzner Lamour, Frantz Zepherin, Magloire Stevenson, Ismael Saincilius, Gresner Armand, Louisiane Saint Fleurant, Pierre Joseph Valcin, Gervais Emmanuel Ducasse and Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph.

Haiti Friends is an organization that brings Haiti to you using art as the vehicle. Proceeds from fundraising efforts go toward stopping the deforestation of Haiti. The Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Program (HTRIP) was developed in 2006 in the Artibonite River Valley in Central Haiti. To this day, Rawson and Haiti Friends have planted two million trees.

Get involved
Visit www.pearlmiami.com for more info. You can also visit www.haitifriends.org.