fundraising-2012-pic-1-400x297Foundation for Hope and Health in Haiti (“FHHH”) held its first annual fundraiser at the Adria Hotel in Queens, New York. During the event, FHHH’s Board of Directors had the opportunity to share its plans and progress with the community, and to thank and celebrate with their supporters.

Eddy Mesidor graciously agreed to emcee the evening and masterfully kept the program running smoothly.

 

Dr. Emmanuel St. Louis, FHHH’s Chief Operating Officer, started the program with a summary of FHHH’s history, its goal of alleviating the scarcity of healthcare access and discussed the fragile healthcare system of Haiti.  He introduced the founding members Dr. Thierry Duchatellier, Dr. Lesly Honore, Dr. Yolaine St.Louis, Dr. Antonio Joseph, Dr. Patrick Leblanc (represented by his wife Dr. Cecile Leblanc), and Mr. Franz Nicolas. They were joined by FHHH members: Kathleen St.Louis, Frantz and Christine Mevs, Frantz Terlonge, and Josiane Czaykowski. FHHH especially thanked Josiane and her daughter Jennifer for organizing the event.

Dr. Duchatellier discussed the medical trips organized by FHHH in Carries, L’Azile, and L’Ile-a-Vaches, which are the prospective sites for the primary care clinics. During these trips, hundreds of patients were seen daily by FHHH’s staff and volunteers.

Dr. Yolaine St. Louis talked about the foundation’s plan to run these clinics and FHHH’s vision and commitment in light of the desperate need for healthcare in Haiti.

Mr. Franz Nicolas, the Chief Financial Officer expressed the foundation’s gratitude for the generosity of the attendees. While exploring various sources of funding, FHHH primarily relies on the free services and contributions of its dedicated founding members who are all US licensed board certified physicians. All funds collected by FHHH go directly to help those living in the communities it serves.

FHHH was very thankful that Brooklyn State Representative Mathew Eugene attended the event in a show of support for FHHH’s work in Haiti. Nassau Legislator Carrie Solages, who could not attend, sent a representative to attend the event.

A silent auction of paintings by Jacques Toussaint and raffle of gift baskets were part of the festivities. The event was well attended by over 300 people who enjoyed a great array of food during the cocktail hour and dinner. There was a joyful and family atmosphere throughout the evening, which was capped with dancing and socializing.

Don’t miss the second annual FHHH fundraiser in 2013. We need your help and support more than ever. Click on the Donate Now button and do your part. Thank you.