Event: Soñando for Haitian Children, 11th Annual Benefit Dance and Art and Craft Sale
Date: Friday, November 13, 2009
Place: New World Home Cooking, Rte 212 between Saugerties and Woodstock, 845-246-0900
Time: Art & Craft Sale beginning at 7:30 PM (free admission), Dance from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Cost: Suggested donation $20
Info: Haitian People’s Support Project, 845-679-7320, New World Home Cooking, 845-246-0900
Now in its 11th year, Soñando for Haitian Children, sponsored by Woodstock’s Haitian People’s Support Project, has become an annual tradition at Ric Orlando’s New World Home Cooking. Attendees can dance to the Latin beat, see the incomparable beauty of Haitian art and know they are contributing to a worthy cause. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with a Haitian art and craft sale which is free, and after 9:00 p.m., dancing to Soñando‘s Latin beat. Our first event 11 years ago was to raise money to build a well at Maison d’Espoir Orphanage so that the children and the villagers could have a steady supply of potable water on demand. Many of the children we have supported since 1995 have now matured to young adults. Three years ago we sent seven of our most talented youngsters to UTESA University in the Dominican Republic. Our Haitian college students are not only doing very well in school but they have decided to form a philanthropic organization with other students from the same university. They are providing four hours of classroom instruction, five days a week, to Haitian street children in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
We have been called on to help supply recently created classrooms with lunch, transportation, school supplies and money to keep the program going. Pierre Leroy, founder and president of the Haitian People’s Support Project, has just returned after spending four weeks helping this project become more secure. His heart is filled with pride for the children we were there for and who now have grown up with a spirit of giving back. So dance for joy as the torch is passed on to a new and dedicated generation who rose above their poverty with a vision for a better world.