BLACK Events

BLACK Events: Marc Baptiste Fundraiser

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From L to R: Marc Baptiste, Terrence J, Selita Ebanks, Justin Davis

The event was held on March 13th, 2012 at the beautiful Moroccan themed venue, Casa La Femme in NYC. The event was a spectacular and successful! With beautiful decor and atmosphere, the moment you walked in you were mesmerized by your surroundings!

Celebrity Photographer Marc Baptiste, created the event in hopes to fundraise for a school in Cite Soleil, Haiti. Marc Baptiste an avid philanthropist states,

“It’s not because I’m Haitian. It’s because I’m a human being, and its my obligation to help those in need.”

The event was indeed a spectacular with celebrities such as Estelle, Terrence J, Selita Ebanks, Jeffrey Wright, and Justin Davis (just to name a few) supporting the cause.

Justin Davis, co-host for the night, also wishes to cater to children. He states how he and Selita sat down weeks before to discuss going to Haiti with Marc and aiding in the reconstruction of schools and orphanages. Davis who has never been to Haiti, is extremely excited about going.

Selita Ebanks, a supermodel, also co-host of the event, who has known Marc for most of her life states,

“Marc is like a father to me and has been a mentor since I first started in this business. I will always support everything he’s doing.”

She also state,

“The people of Haiti needs the help of all of us. We should help where we can. I try my best to do what I can.”

With an elaborate setting, guests were treated to a three-course Moroccan meal. For my first course I had the Hummus with an array of dipping sauce. My second course was the Salata Gargeer- Baby Arugula with shaved Gibna Rona, and the last course was Tagine Samek- filet of fish stuffed with crab meat. All I can say it was To Die For!!!

During dinner, guests were treated with a wonderful surprise of a beautiful belly dancer mesmerizing the crowd. Half way through dinner, Selita and Justin showed their support through supporting introductions. Soon after, there was a live auction of Marc Baptiste’s beautiful photography. The bids were set high and the guests fought competitively to meet them, everyone wanted to take home Baptist’s art work!

Celebrity Nail Technician as well as owner of the M2M nail color line, Myrdith Leon-McCormmack stated how she has always been a fan of Marc Baptiste for over twenty years!

“I am not afraid to say it. I have been a fan of Marc since I first started out in this business. He’s not one of those Haitian men that say they love Haiti and just say it. He’s a self-less man! This man will go into his pockets. Him, his wife, and children are so involved in the country on a personal level. They don’t wait for things to happen. They make it happen themselves.”

The night ended with laughter, great music, accolades, and most importantly a substantial amount of funds raised!

Written by: Judith Jacques

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