It's the 1st Annual
Greenvale Vineyards Fundraiser
for Education and Health Care in Haiti
Tickets $50 per person
582 Wapping Road
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871
And come prepared to make a difference! Your presence will directly benefit a scholarship program that provides students an opportunity to advance beyond sixth grade, and a medical clinic that provides 30 villages with their only access to health care.
Three fabulous musicians, including the renowned Mike Renzi, will make this is a wonderful summer evening out you won't soon forget.
There are easy directions to the winery.
For more information about this event, please call 401.447.4148.
Donations are welcome if you are unable to attend. Donations are 100% tax deductible. And ticket purchases are 50% tax deductible.
You may also mail a check payable to "Vassar Haiti Project," to:
Vassar Haiti Project
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 594
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Vassar Haiti Project presents:
Art and Soul Reception to fund the Chermaitre Fiervil Clinic
The fifth annual “Art and Soul Reception” on Wednesday, May 4th at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul. The program runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public. Tickets are $65 each. Art and Soul is presented by the Vassar Haiti Project’s Medical Advisory Board, which is chaired by former Vassar Brothers Medical Center CEO Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD.
This year, we are honoring Dr. Katz for his steadfast commitment to our work and his leadership in sustaining medical care in Haiti. An extraordinary advocate for the Chermaitre-Fiervil clinic, Dan has helped to change the face of health care for thousands of people living in the northwest mountains of Haiti. Lila Meade recalls, "From the moment Dr. Katz arrived in Haiti, you could tell that the spirit of the Haitian people resonated deeply within him. At the clinic, his deep compassion filled the room as he cared for each patient, treating them with such respect and honor."
The Art and Soul Reception supports the Chermaitre Fiervil Clinic, which provides essential preventive care and life-saving treatment to residents of 30 villages. For many residents, this is the first accessible medical care in their lifetime. The Art and Soul Reception funds the local medical staff and medications to serve 1,000 or more people from these communities for one year. All art purchases are 50% tax deductible. For more information on ticket prices and availability please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845.797.2123.
About the Vassar Haiti Project
The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), founded in 2001, promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and provides students and volunteers a life changing experiential education in global citizenship. VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, clean water access, and women’s health. VHP is incorporated in New York as Haiti Project, Inc., and is a registered U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations and purchases of artworks are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.
Art and Soul Reception
Vassar College Alumnae House
161 College Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY
Thursday, May 4: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Ticket Price: $65
Entertainment, Food and Cocktails by Twisted Soul
Original Haitian art and handcrafts for sale
RSVP: email@example.com or 845.797.2123
Hosted by the Vassar Haiti Project www.thehaitiproject.org
If you cannot attend, please donate to our clinic by clicking here.
Fordham University Lincoln Center campus will come alive with the joyous colors of spectacular art and handcrafts from around the world on April 22, 23 and 24. The Fordham Graduate School, St. John's University, and the Vassar Club of New York unite with Spes Nova and the Vassar Haiti Project to host an international art sale of paintings and handcrafts. There will also be a panel discussion coordinated by the Vassar Club of New York entitled, “Communities at Risk: Social Justice in the Developing World” at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 22. Panelists include, Vassar alumna Tamsin Chen '15, Patrick Struebi, founder of Fairtrasa and Dr. Sean Murray of St. John’s. A reception will follow in the Atrium.
The international art sale is a collaborative effort between the Vassar Haiti Project, Fordham’s Spes Nova, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Gabelli Business School, CIPS, and St. John’s University. Teaching global citizenship – the art and science of learning how to operate effectively, appropriately, and equitably in the world – is the glue that connects these entities.
This collaborative fair trade event will celebrate Haitian, Guatemalan and Kenyan art and culture in particular, and raise funds for the Vassar Haiti Project’s ongoing work in Haiti as well as for the many other student-driven projects at Fordham University and St. John’s University. The three schools have worked tirelessly in forging this new partnership. VHP’s Post Baccalaureate Fellow Melanie Lai Wai ’16 speaks to her experience. “The Vassar Haiti Project has taught me about relationship, respect, and responsibility. Although there are challenges every day in our work, it amazes me how people are able to come together and work toward a common goal.”
The Vassar Haiti Project, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, has for 15 years funded primary and secondary school programs, a full-time clinic, and sustainable development initiatives in Chermaitre, a remote mountain village in Northwest Haiti. The Haiti Project, based in Poughkeepsie, NY, engages college students in a global citizenship curriculum and fundraises through the sale of Haitian art and donations. Vassar Haiti Project Co-Founder Dr. Andrew Meade explains, “we have provided a way for the artists to help the people of a village: it is Haitians helping Haitians. We serve as facilitators of this grand dance.”
Spes Nova is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization co-founded by Fordham University’s Associate Professor of Economics Erick Rengifo whose mission is to help alleviate poverty around the world. Through its global network of universities and academic institutions, Spes Nova is able to help artisans grow their businesses. Spes Nova’s platform provides access to markets, microfinance and micro-insurance, creating a foundation for sustainable and inclusive development (SID). This three-pillar approach, when complemented by community development actions, helps artisans, their families, and their communities escape from the poverty trap . Spes Nova has been incorporated into the curriculum at Fordham University, where students learn to navigate sustainable development issues. The sale will feature goods produced by Spes Nova businesses in Guatemala, Haiti and Kenya.
The products that Spes Nova will feature from Kenya are soapstone carvings made by the Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Organization, a non-profit grassroots group. The group was founded in 1990 and is composed of 150 members (120 men and 30 women). This organization is also a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Organization offers management training workshops, educational opportunities for widows and orphans, and health and nutrition education. They plan to start a tree nursery and to expand their educational and HIV/AIDS programs. From Haiti, Spes Nova will present jewelry, bowls, and handbags that women artisans crafted to support their children. Finally, the Guatemalan products come from Wakami, an organization that sell accessories handcrafted with care by women in rural villages of Guatemala.
St. John’s University became recognized this past fall as an official Catholic Relief Service campus. These ambassadors have been building up their program for the past several years, and they host events that advocate social justice issues. One of their main missions is promoting Fair Trade. They, along with the organization St. John’s for Fair Trade, are working to make St. John’s a Fair Trade designated campus, which will raise awareness of conscious consumer issues and global poverty. Fair Trade goods are popping  up at multiple vendors around campus, and Catholic Relief Services hosts Fair Trade Fridays, a weekly event that sells goods from Panama and other nations, and spreads the word about conscious consumption.
The Vassar Haiti Project, Fordham Graduate School, St. John's University, and local volunteers look forward to raising critically important funds. Working with Spes Nova, Pinar Zubaroglu ‘18, a doctoral student from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, states: “This event brings all strong connections together to support the talents and communities of the developing world. I would recommend everyone to save the date for such a good cause!”
The art sale and panel discussion are free and open to the public. All art and handcraft sales are 50% tax deductible. Opening hours of the sale are listed below. For more information, please call Lila Meade at 845.797.2123 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours are as follows:
Saturday, April 22 10am – 8pm
Communities at Risk: Social Justice in the Developing World
Reception: To Follow
Sunday, April 23 10am – 4pm
Monday, April 24 9am – 3pm
Lincoln Center campus, Second floor, Atrium.
113 Columbus Avenue @ 60th St.
The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT will have an electric and joyful atmosphere on the weekend of November 18 to 20 with over 200 original Haitian paintings & unique handcrafts accompanied by authentic kompa music. The Church is partnering with the Vassar Haiti Project to present a weekend sale that will celebrate Haitian art and culture and raise funds for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and ongoing projects in Haiti.
Over the past 15 years, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), based in Poughkeepsie, NY, has engaged college students in a global citizenship curriculum and has funded projects in Chermaitre, a remote mountain village in Northwest Haiti. Funds are raised through the sale of Haitian art and donations. VHP Co-Founder Dr. Andrew Meade explains, “we have provided a way for the artists to help the people of a village: it is Haitians helping Haitians. We serve as facilitators of this grand dance.”
The upcoming event will raise funds for Chermaitre’s education program and Hurricane Matthew relief, which has wreaked havoc in Haiti. People in Chermaitre have lost farms and livestock, which is the sole source of livelihood for many. There is also growing concern about the spread of Cholera in the aftermath of the hurricane. Funds will be distributed by VHP’s partner in Haiti, Pere André Wildaine.
The Haitian art sale is a collaborative effort between VHP, the Second Congregational Church, and the Greenwich community. Alex Ng, resident of Greenwich, CT and a sophomore at Vassar College, comments, “after going to Haiti last year as a freshman, I’m so excited to host an art sale in my hometown and show my family and friends what makes the Vassar Haiti Project so amazing. The excitement and focus within VHP and the 2CC community is incredibly strong, and I know this event will be incredibly successful!”
Sheri Chin, a Second Congregational Church member and Alex Ng’s mother, echoes her daughter’s excitement; the “Second Congregational Church has a long history of supporting our communities both domestically and abroad through organizations like Mothers for Others, Heart Care International, and our own Second Congregational Church Women’s/Men’s/Youth Ministries. We are excited to partner with the Vassar Haiti Project to bring Haitian art and handcrafts to our community which will benefit vital educational, medical, economic and infrastructure initiatives in the Haitian village of Chermaitre.”
The Vassar Haiti Project, Second Congregational Church, and local volunteers look forward to raising critically important funds. VHP sponsors a K-6 primary school for 300 students, as well as a scholarship program that currently sends seventeen students on to secondary school. We are also eager to raise funds for immediate needs created by the hurricane, primarily through crop & livestock replenishment and improvement of cholera treatment capacity at our Chermaitre-Fiervil medical clinic.
The art sale is free and open to the public, and all art and handcraft sales are 50% tax deductible. Opening hours of the sale are listed below. For more information, please call 631-356-3045 or visit www.thehaitiproject.org.
Hours are as follows:
Friday, November 18 6:30pm – 9:00pm (Opening Reception)
Saturday, November 19 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, November 20 9:00am – 2:00pm
Second Congregational Church
139 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
The Vassar Haiti Project announces its 16th annual Haitian art auction and sale! Featuring 350 paintings and thousands of unique handcrafts, including iron sculpture, jewelry, paper mache, and handpainted silk scarves. Handcrafts start at $5, paintings at $50. All purchases are 50% tax deductible.
The weekend features a sale AND a live auction.
All events will be held in Vassar College's Multi Purpose Room on the 2nd floor of the College Center at the following times:
Friday, September 23
12:00pm to 7:00pm - Art Sale and Auction Preview
5:00pm - Reception and Student Presentation
Saturday, September 24
9:00am to 3:00pm - Art Sale and Auction Preview
3:00pm to 4:00pm - Auction Registration and Reception
$10 paddle fee includes: $25 off one auction purchase and
10% off purchases during Special Evening Sale
4:00pm to 5:30pm - LIVE AUCTION of Haitian art
5:30pm to 7:00pm - Special Evening Sale
Sunday, September 25
10:00pm to 2:00pm - Art Sale continues
To support education, health and sustainable development in the village of Chermaitre.
Buying beautiful Haitian Art supports rural village in Haiti: August 12th, 13th 14th
Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor will host its 5th Haitian Art and Handcraft Sale to benefit the remote village of Chermaitre in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP). The sale will be held in the Upper Parish Hall at the following times:
Friday Aug. 12th from 5pm to 8 pm (opening reception)
Saturday Aug. 13th from 9am to 4pm
Sunday Aug. 14th from 9am to 2pm
The Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale will feature 200 original paintings, including some older, collectible works, as well as a wide assortment of unique and affordable gifts, including silk scarves, jewelry, and iron sculpture.
The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting from $5 and paintings from $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible.
This is Christ Church’s 8th year collaborating with the Vassar Haiti Project. The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. For the past 15 years they have supported education, health and sustainable development in the village of Chermaître in mountainous northwestern Haiti.
Prior sales hosted at Christ Church have been a tremendous success. The first sale, in 2008, raised funds to complete the building of a 6-classroom school. The 2010 sale raised funds towards the construction of a medical clinic, which has since opened and offers health care to thousands of Haitians in Chermaitre and neighboring villages. The clinic now operates under the guidance of a full time nurse, Rosenerline Marc and part time doctor, Joassinville Gueslin, MD who commutes twice monthly from Port au Prince twice monthly to see patients.
Dialogue with women leaders in the village during recent trips to Chermaitre led to the exciting formation of a 35-member women’s cooperative, which seeks to develop and nurture skills to make a difference in their community. The cooperative has already produced hand-sewn cloth napkins and ground coffee for sale. The 2012 sale in Sag Harbor helped fund a community center to house this cooperative. Its biggest short-term goal is to grow coffee beans so as to provide the possibility of a flourishing coffee harvest in the coming years. This past month, VHP has given the funds to plant an additional 5000 coffee trees which will undoubtedly positively impact the sustenance farmers.
“By all indications, our sale this summer in Sag Harbor promises to be our best event ever,” says Lila Meade, Co-founder of the VHP. “The planning committee of Christ Church has so warmly welcomed us back to the community as if we are family!” Vassar College students and the generous parishioners work collaboratively over the past six months in planning the event. With a new desire to enhance the partnership, Toby Spitz of Temple Adas Israel is helping to coordinate this summer’s event as well.
“By hosting the Vassar Haiti Project, the sale at our church affects the lives of people a world away from us. We are implored to not give people fish to eat but rather to teach them to fish. Through VHP, we are giving the villagers the ability to support themselves, restoring dignity to their lives” says The Rev. Karen Ann Campbell, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church.
For more information, you can call 914.489.2320 or visit thehaitiproject.org. All artwork can be viewed and purchased online if you can’t make it to the sale.
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Haitian art & handcraft sale to fund sustainable development in Haiti
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) and the Vassar Club of Washington DC will host a sale of Haitian paintings and handcraft at St. Mark’s (Capitol Hill) Episcopal Church on February 5, 6, & 7, 2016. All the funds raised will help to complete the construction of a kindergarten in Chermaitre, a mountain village in NW Haiti.
Over 200 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcraft will be for sale. The event is free and open to the public, and all sales are 50% tax deductible. Paintings start at $50, gifts at $5, and a special selection will be reserved for silent auction.
SALE TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Opening Reception: Fri. 2/5 6pm – 9pm(Vassar alum club meeting also)
Sat. 2/6 10am – 4pm
Sun. 2/7 9am – 2pm
The VHP has a 15-year history of engaging people in support of Haitian artists, and applying the proceeds from art sales toward the sustainable development of Chermaitre. VHP co-founder Andrew Meade explains, "We have provided a way for the artists to help the people of a village; it is Haitians helping Haitians. We are the middle people--facilitators of this grand dance."
VHP’s sustainable development work is expressed through various initiatives. Recent accomplishments include: the creation of a scholarship program that allows students to continue their education beyond 6th grade; a medical center that provides the residents of 30 villages regular access to health care; the planting of 11,000 fruit and lumber trees; and the formation of a women’s cooperative, which is helping women learn and develop marketable skills.
Jackie Eiting, Vassar Haiti Project Board member and longtime Capitol Hill resident before her move to Baltimore, said “VHP is the best of organizations to contribute to – the development work we do in Haiti is amazing, but the fact that college students do that work and learn what it is to be a truly global citizen is the cherry on the cake. Come, learn, and enjoy the art and the energy that is the Vassar Haiti Project!”
Just over five years ago, a huge earthquake hit Haiti. While the initial shocks have long passed, the difficult job of rebuilding continues. In Chermaitre this means putting a roof over the youngest schoolchildren, whose classes have been open air following extensive damage to their school. Students and alumnae/i of Vassar College have teamed with local volunteers to raise funds to rebuild through the sale of genuine Haitian paintings and handcraft.
“Having visited Chermaitre twice, as well as organized a dozen Haitian art and handcraft sales in my time as a student volunteer, I have seen how sale proceeds go directly toward funding our education, water, reforestation, healthcare, and women’s initiatives,” said former women’s initiative director Robyn Yzelman (a Vassar class of 2015 alumna). “Community support here in the U.S. makes all of VHP’s work possible. I am also honored to be able to share Haitian stories not commonly found in the mass media, but rather are shown here in masterful brushstrokes, steady beats of kompa music, or exquisite handcrafts.”
VHP co-founder Lila Meade sums up what the events have in store for visitors: "The art will be spectacular and the atmosphere electric."
About the Vassar Haiti Project
The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, based at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.
For more information, please call 845.797.2123.
Haitian Art Returns to the Three Village Community
Over 250 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcrafts will infuse the St. James R.C. Church with an atmosphere of magic and joy on the weekend of November 20, 21 and 22. Volunteers from the Vassar Haiti Project will partner with the Church to host a weekend sale celebrating Haitian art and culture. The event seeks to raise funds for a K through 6th elementary school in Chermaitre, Haiti.. Funds will go towards the lunch program, subsidizing equipment for the children, and teachers’ salaries.
The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting at $5 and paintings at $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible.
Sale times are as follows:
Opening Reception: Friday November 20 7pm-9pm
Saturday November 21 10am-6:30pm
Sunday November 22 9am-1pm
Directions to St. James:
Direction from the West:
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 62 (Nicolls Road) heading north towards Stony Brook. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church. Alternatively, take Northern State Parkway east until the end. When the road forks, take the left fork to Route 347 (Port Jefferson). At the intersection of Nicolls Road (CR 97) and Route 347 make a left. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.
Direction from the East:
Take Route 347 to Nicolls Road. Turn right onto Nicolls Road heading north. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.
Over the past 14 years, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), based at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has engaged local communities in support of Haitian artists, and of sustainable development in Haiti.
This will be the second art sale VHP has held in Setauket. The sale is a collaborative effort between VHP and various groups in the Setauket community. Jeanine Morelli, MD, a member of the St. James Church and organizer of the event, believes in the power of human relationships: “By giving of my time to the Vassar Haiti Project, I feel connected to something bigger than myself. VHP has created something that connects all of us, from Haiti to Poughkeepsie to the Three Village Community, from the young students to the patrons, through the beauty of art and the kindness and generosity of those who give their time, treasure or talents.”
Students who took part in the first Setauket Art Sale found it deeply rewarding. Jenna Amlani, a Vassar student recollects, "One of the most notable aspects of VHP's last art sale in Setauket was how many people were involved in making it happen. We had local junior high school students distributing flyers and playing music, Vassar students and alumni hosting and cashiering, and of course, our fabulous partner, Jeanine Morelli, making sure all of the puzzle pieces came together. It was a great opportunity to share our project with new friends and I can't wait for this year's sale!”
St. James students who volunteered to play music had this to say, “It was a fun and rewarding experience," Pina Than said. "We got to see all the beautiful artwork and jewelry and the volunteers from Vassar were nice, friendly, and they knew all about the artists and some had been to Haiti and could explain how the money collected was going to be used."
"It was a lot of fun to provide background music because people enjoyed the music and the art," Luigia Than said. "One little boy danced while we played. People enjoyed themselves and we helped to make their experience more joyful."
"It's the kind of volunteer experience where everybody shares their talents to help people in need," The girls agreed. "We all have a great time and we learn a lot about ourselves and others."
All welcome! The sale will be held at St. James R.C. Church, Parish Center, 429 Route 25A, Setauket, NY 11733.
For more information, please call 845.797.2123.
Vassar Haiti Project Art & Handcraft Sale
Sales support their threefold mission to support the welfare of artists in Haiti, to foster sustainable development in the Haitian village of Chermaitre, and to mentor Vassar students in the principles and practice of global citizenship.
LOCATION: North Atrium, College Center
VASSAR COLLEGE, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY
April 17, 18 & 19, 2015
College Center Multipurpose Room
Sale proceeds will support initiatives in the village of Chermaitre, Haiti in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project.
All purchases are 50% tax deductible.
Event is free and open to the public.
Handcrafts start at $5, paintings at $50.
Friday, April 17 12:00pm – 9:00pm
12:00pm Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcraft
4:30pm Opening Cocktail Reception / Auction Registration
6:00pm Live Auction of Haitian Art
7:30pm Dinner celebrating women here and in Haiti.
Honoring Caryn Halle, Molly Katz, & Kristy Grimes.
Saturday, April 18 10:00am – 6:00pm
10:00am Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcraft
5:00pm Haiti Trip: Student Presentation & Reception
Sunday, April 19 10:00am – 2:00pm
10:00am Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcrafts