Monday, April 27, 2015 at 12:35PM
By Mitchell Acks
The Fifth Annual HAITI CHERIE AWARDS gala was held at the Broad Street Ballroom, a former bank, located at 41 Broad Street, Manhattan, on March 27.
The organization honored Andre Berto, Karen Civil, Harriet Michel and Dr. William Pape. The Gala honorees are people engaged in making a difference in Haiti’s culture and development.
They honored Andre Berto, has a long distinguished career in boxing with 30 wins of which 22 by knockout and only three losses. He has held many boxing championships and awards such as holding the welterweight championship, bronze medal in the 2003 World Amateur Championship, a two-time National Golden Gloves champion, a two-time National PAL champion, a three-time U.S. amateur championship medalist, and also won 22 state titles in Florida.
Besides boxing Andre is involved with the Project Medishare that help raise funds for Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port Au Prince. This is the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation in Haiti. Others like International Amateur Boxing Association were moved by working with the IOC on their Haiti Sport for Hope Project.
Karen Civil, another honoree, has diverse roles as consultant, publicist, reporter and quasi-A&R for some of hip-hop’s top names, including Young Money and The Clipse. She created and runs the super popular online outlet, WeezyThanxYou.com, for Lil Wayne to communicate with his fans during his current incarceration.
She worked with Sow a Seed - a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that supports orphanages with a special focus on the welfare of Haiti’s children. Karen broke ground and began the process to build the second Project PlayWorld in Haiti and the country’s first learning landscape in Crois des Bouquets; sponsored by the Live Civil Fund.
The organization honored Ms. Harriet R. Michel who serves as the President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Urban League and has been a Director of Triad Healthcare Corporation since 2004. She also serves as a Director of New York National Bank.
She has received many awards such as the 2004 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award; the Executive Leadership Council’s Achievement Award; and the Legacy Award from the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency .Ms Michel has been helping others such as a member of three United States Agency for International Development missions to South Africa and also served on the United States-Haiti Business Development Committee. She is a founding member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
Dr. William Pape, Founder of Les Centres Gheskio in Haiti, which has championed education, health care, and HIV research, and has worked closely with Weill Cornell since its inception. He was also honored by the Haitian-Canadian Cator Foundation as one of 10 Haitians who have made outstanding contributions to the country.
Dr Page, a Cornell Professor, also directs, in concert with Weill Cornell's Division of International Medicine and Infectious Diseases, a National Institutes of Health training and research program that focuses on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and diarrhea illness. Dr. Page is the lead investigator for an HIV vaccine trial that will be initiated later this year in Haiti and was honored at the United Nations.
11 Alive news anchor DeMarco Morgan was engaging Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The well dressed attendees enjoyed the fine catered food prepared by Haiti Food and Spirits creator Chef Stephan Berrouet that created authentic and delicious Haitian dishes Chef Stephan. Many enjoyed dancing to the music provided by Wanito.
Haiti Cherie is an annual benefit founded by Fabrice J. Armand, producer, philanthropist, native son of Haiti and current VP of GCaribbean Magazine. The funds raised by the gala are for organizations that are making a sustainable impact in Haiti. Haiti Cherie celebrates the beauty, history of the Haitian culture while honoring the resiliency of its people. For more information, please visitfabricejarmand.com.
HELP (http://uhelp.net/) is a 501c3 whose mission is to create, through merit- and needs-based university scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who promote a more just society in Haiti. The organization provides university scholarships in Haiti for straight-A students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Project St. Anne (http://projectstanne.org/) was founded by a small group of women passionate about giving back to their community in Camp-Perrin, Haïti, situated south of Port- Au- Prince. Their objective is to provide financial support to children by assisting them with the vital need of an education.