On behalf of our Board of Directors I would like to sincerely thank you for attending our First Annual "Engage for Change" Gala Fundraiser on August 22nd 2018 at Imperial Room in Cranston-RI. To all of you who have one way or another contributed in making this event a success, THANK YOU! In French I would say "Merci!".
Thank you to our honorees Rev Bishop Joseph Simon, Mrs. Gail Faris, and Mrs. Cynthia Sparkes for your unconditional and unrelenting contribution in bringing relief to the people in needs in Haiti. You are honored with much appreciation and gratitude.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to our sponsors who accepted to place an Ad in our program book. Please click HERE to see our sponsors Ad and list. For those who sent Ads after the book went to printing, there will be special consideration for you at our next event. Thank you to those who sponsor tables The Collective RI, Elmwood Church of God, NAACP Providence Branch, The Woman Project, RI-NOW, St David's on the Hill Church, Providence City Council, Department Of Administration, Tabernacle of Light, Haitian Baptist Church, Cranston Action Network, The Women's Caucus.
Your generous contribution allow us to start the construction of a 3 bedrooms house for a homeless family in Jeannette/Paillant. Stay tuned for updates about that construction. We are still looking for donations to build a cistern alongside that house to catch rain water so that family can have access to clean water. If you can help with building that cistern, please make a donation HERE.
Also, it is with profound appreciation that I say thank you to our speakers for their patience and understanding as we experienced some difficulty in managing accurately the speaking time.Thanks to our elected officials and candidates who highlighted that day with their presence and speeches.
To view over 300 pictures that we collected from combined sources to complete our photographer's album, please click HERE. (pictures credit: Anthony Ricci, Jim Vincent, JoePhotoJoy, Tabou, The Woman Project, Pastor Wagnac, Mayor Diossa, Lisa Ranglin, Desmond Ranglin, Melissa Jenkins, Rep Lancia, Danielle Ozuna,..)
Finally Thank you to the media personalities who granted us with their presence to cover the event.
Thank you to Steve Ahlquist of UpriseRI that has videotaped all the presentations. You can view and watch them on this https://upriseri.com/news/immigration/hope-and-change-for-haiti/2018-08-23-hope-change-haiti/
Thank you to Kendra Gravelle of The Narragansett Times who wrote a magnificent article about the gala. click to view and read : https://www.ricentral.com/narragansett_times/hundreds-attend-hope-and-change-for-haiti-event/article_2c943ea0-a7ab-11e8-8dca-a77d60223167.html
In Cranston Herald our dear friend Jennifer Cowart sums the event up in a splendid piece that you can view here: http://cranstononline.com/stories/hope-and-change-for-haiti-celebrates-achievements-at-sell-out-gala,136473 Thank you Jennifer!
I truly hope you had fun and you enjoyed the gala. We look forward to have you with us next year at our 2nd annual "Engage for Change" Gala.
Thank you for your continued support!
Dr. Norly Germain
Hope and Change for Haiti