On Saturday, April 18 2015, at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, Maryland, Haitians and friends of Haiti gathered for the 5th Annual Build Haiti Foundation Celebrate Haitian Culture Fundraiser.
Welcomed by Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman, this event enabled participants to experience a variety of Haitian visual and performing arts. Original paintings and metal work were available for purchase and a couple Haitian folk dance troupes and a Haitian drummer helped the audience to appreciate the beautiful, expressive, dance movements and the captivating Haitian drum rhythms.
Delicious Haitian food was also enjoyed by the guests along with opportunities to support the BHF projects with bidding for a variety of silent auction items and engaging in a raffle for a beach house time share. Attendees learned about the BHF mission and accomplishments from BHF President Bob Anantua and BHF Board Chair David Weeks. The Honorable Liz Bobo, BHF Board Member, spoke about the value of experiencing Haiti and Columbia Association Sister City Coordinator Laura Smit expressed her appreciation for the work of the Build Haiti Foundation in helping to establish the valuable Sister City relationship between Columbia, Maryland and Cap Haitien, Haiti. This annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to enjoy the richness of Haitian culture.
They also can learn about the BHF accomplishments such as the establishment of an operational Camp Coq village health clinic. Hopefully these participants will be inspired to continue to support the Build Haiti Foundation’s mission to advance the wellbeing of the Haitian people with financial and in-kind contributions.
Join us next year in April for the 6th Annual Build Haiti Foundation’s Celebrate Haitian Culture Fundraiser. Look for its date on the BHF website calendar.