WeAdvance.org, GlobalDirt.org and Plum Hamptons Magazine hosted the Hamptons For Haiti benefit event on Sunday afternoon to raise funds for Cité Soleil in Haiti—the poorest region in the Western hemisphere.
After holding the hand of a young boy who had his arm amputated without anesthesia due to lack of medical supplies, Maria Bello co-founded WeAdvance.org to take direct action for the well-being of suffering Haitians.
The fundraiser was held at The Ross School in East Hampton on Sunday, July 17th, 2011, and featured musical performances by The Diva of Haiti Barbara Guillaume, prodigy pianist Gamar Josama and singer Melky Jean (sister of Wyclef) as well as a sobering yet uplifting documentary about WeAdvance.org that hits home for why Haiti needs our help right now.
Other notable guests included Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Arquette, Donna Karan, Cristina Cuomo, Sean Avery, Hilary Rhoda, Terry Quinn, Doug Liman, Fisher Stevens, and Liev Schreiber.
Silent auction items included a visit to Maria Bello’s NBC Fall series Prime Suspect set with actor Aiden Quinn, a visit to NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit set with actress Mariska Hargitay, lanterns from Restoration Hardware, tablets from VINCI Tab, artwork by artists Peter Tunney, Beth O’Donnell, Anthony Russell in conjunction with Raphael Mazzuco and Marc Baptiste, a photo shoot with Elizabeth Jordan, and a cruise aboard Courtney Ross’ glamorous boat.
Sponsor tables included Soft Serve Fruit Co. to keep us all cool, rum from Ron Dominicano, and a fancy lemonade stand from the Sweet ‘Tauk ladies.
All proceeds from the event benefit WeAdvance.org and GlobalDirt.org, whose impact on the community was immediately felt from their first days on the island. They’ve established the first-ever ambulance service in the area, and are providing medical care, education and support for those who need assistance in rebounding from the 2010 earthquake.
Guests received gift bags with items from Christopher Fischer Cashmere, Madame Paulette®, GlobalDirt.org, Kenneth Mark, M.D., FACMS Office, restaurants Philippe Chow and Nello Summertime, Angelo David Salon, RéVive, Popchips, Bond No. 9 New York, Laura Geller Makeup, Rene Furterer, Plum Magazine, and The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story by author Alison Thompson.
ABOUT WEADVANCE.ORG: Co-founded by actress Maria Bello after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, We Advance is a micro-NGO that seeks to empower the mind, body and spirits of Haitian women.
ABOUT GLOBALDIRT.ORG: Global DIRT (Disaster Immediate Response Team) is a micro-NGO, founded in January 2010 by Adam Marlatt shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Using their experiences as members of the United States Marine Corps, Marlatt and fellow Marine Robert Sullivan constructed a small, all-volunteer force dedicated to providing immediate assistance to victims of disasters all around the globe.
Photos via Liam McMullan, Patrick McMullan; Tara Berkoski, WordHampton Public Relations; and by Leslie W.