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6th Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball

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Stephen Baldwin hosted the 6th annual Edeyo gives Hope Ball at the Highline Ballroom- the event was beautiful, moving, and inspiring. The evening raised much-needed funds for the Edeyo Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education. The foundation is co-founded by Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu. 

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This event was the first sit down dinner for the organization-, and welcomed over 300 supporters. The 6th Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball presented by NIKE and  Avi Oster, sponsored by HBO and Maserati of Long Island, raising over $200,000.  towards improving the future of children in Haiti by rebuilding schools and providing students with a safe learning environment, as well as healthy food and water on a daily basis. 

Honorees included Sharon Bush (recipient of the Edeyo Hope Award), Dr. Jane Aronson (Edeyo Humanitarian Award), and Cindy Stagoff (Edeyo Empowerment Award). Chair Member Nigel Barker, gave the most moving speech honoring 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.

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Following the reception, attendees were treated to an award ceremony, seated dinner with authentic Haitian cuisine and live auction with items including a Kenya safari and tickets to the Super Bowl and Grammys. Closing the special event was a live performance by Grammy Award wining singer Bridget Kelly and set by DJ Cassidy.

The extent of underdeveloped educational infrastructure in Haiti threatens to persist for the foreseeable future. The Edeyo School was completely destroyed in the earthquake of January 2010. Thier goal is to turn catastrophe to opportunity by building a new high-quality, innovative, and sustainable community school for the children of Bel Air, who live in one of the most underprivileged parts of Haiti’s impoverished capital city. 

Photos by Socially Superlative and by Andrew Fitzsimons – See more at: http://sociallysuperlative.com/2013/07/12/6th-annual-edeyo-gives-hope-ball/