Last Wednesday the Edeyo Foundation co-founders Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu welcomed over 300 supporters to the 6th Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball presented by NIKE, at Highline Ballroom.
The gala, hosted by Stephen Baldwin, raised over $200,000 for the organization that helps educate children in Haiti by rebuilding schools and providing students with a safe learning environment. They also provide healthy food and water on a daily basis.
Mr. Baldwin presented the night’s honorees Sharon Bush with the Edeyo Hope Award, Dr. Jane Aronson with the Edeyo Humanitarian Awardand Cindy Stagoff with Edeyo Empowerment Award. Chair Member Nigel Barker honored Nancy Myers-Alverez with the Edeyo Ambassador Award.
The party kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction with guests including Geoffrey Bradfield, Kamela Forbes, Marc Leder, Susan Gossage, Stewart Rahr, Crissy Barker and Lady Liliana Cavendish. Following the reception, attendees were treated to an award ceremony, seated dinner of Haitian cuisine, and closing the special event was a live performance by Grammy Award wining singer Bridget Kelly and set by DJ Cassidy.
“These children have no parents, no food, no touch at night, no water, and they are still the most triumphant and resilient people in the world,” said Dr. Aronson.
This year marked his Edeyo Foundation’s 5th Anniversary. The gala is traditionally held on Ernest’s birthday.
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