WestConn to host luncheon to benefit Haiti relief efforts

DANBURY, CONN. — The earthquake in Haiti that nearly leveled its capital has sparked local efforts to help. Western Connecticut State University is one of the many organizations to provide aid to the Caribbean country. To raise funds for Haiti, WestConn will host a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 31, in Alumni Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will cost $15 per person ($6.05 of every meal will be donated to the WCSU Hearts Haiti fund). The public is invited. WestConn master of fine arts graduate and artist Bryn Gillette will be the featured speaker.


In 2009, Gillette founded the nonprofit fundraiser, Team One.27. The organization aims to raise $4,000 for Haitian orphans to help shelter them from gangs and crime and give hope to their future by providing food, clothing and other essentials. Gillette also raises money for his organization by selling his portraits and paintings that depict his past visits to Haiti.


The luncheon will feature genuine Haitian specialties including chicken, beef, the vegetarian Soup Joumou, plantain chips, Haitian cole slaw, corn fritters and tropical punch.


Elizabeth McDonough, assistant to WestConn president Dr. James Schmotter, helped to coordinate the luncheon. “It’s an opportunity to get together with colleagues for a cause and a great meal,” McDonough said. “I think the Soup Joumou and the Haitian flavor of the menu will be exciting.”


For more information, contact (203) 837-8754.


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