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Stars Shine For Hamptons In Haiti Fundraiser At Ross School

Originally Posted: July 13, 2011


East Hampton - On Sunday, July 17 from 12 noon to 3 p.m., Maria Bello, Mariska Hargitay, Keifer Sutherland, Donna Karan, Cristina Ross, Elizabeth Jordan, Clare Munn, Sonja Nuttal, Leslee Feldman, Brian Doug Lyman, Jean Shafiroff, Fisher Stevens, Terry Quinn, Courtney Ross, Beth O'Donnell, Alison Thompson, Kristine Szabo, Andrew Saffir, Amanda Patricia Velasquez, Marc Baptiste, and Ross Bleckner are just some of the stars to appear at "The Hamptons For Haiti" fundraiser to be held at the Ross School. The event will feature a cocktail brunch and a live auction featuring walk-on roles on many of today's hottest primetime shows. There will also be a musical performance by The Diva Barbara Guillaume all to raise funds to benefit We Advance and Global Dirt, two not-for-profits that are dedicated to making a difference in Haiti.

"All proceeds will go to We Advance and Global Dirt, two Haiti organizations that work side by side" said Thompson, one of the founders, along with Bello, of We Advance, and author of "Third Wave" a book about volunteering. "We Advance focuses on gender-based violence, with an emphasis on educating and empowering rape victims and the children of Haiti, while Global Dirt's mission is to buy an ambulance and mobilize a 911 rescue service that is very much needed."

Tickets start at $275 for the Bronze level which is basic admission; the $500 Silver level features admission plus a gift bag brimming with great and wonderful items; while Gold gets you into the VIP area with access to the Stars plus the gift bag! Purchase tickets online. Everyone will take home a copy of "Third Wave," Allison Thompson's inspiring book based upon her experiences.

Co-founded by activist and actor, Bello, We Advance is a movement to advance the health, safety, and well being of women throughout Haiti. We work in some of the poorest slums in all of the western hemisphere, Wharf Jeremy and Cité Soleil, where security issues deter the work of most international NGOs. We start from the bottom because it's where we are needed the most and, as co-founder and activist, Barbara Guillaume, says "If we can change the worst of Haiti we can change all of Haiti."

We Advance models an inclusive grassroots approach with a movement that collaborates with both other organizations and women from every socio-economic class.They are a rights- and community-based participatory program. They empower women's minds, bodies and spirits and enable them to discover their own needs and priorities, benefiting the entire community. We Advance brings in volunteer experts to train local community leaders in the aspects of health, safety and education. Their goal is to, in the near future, leave our programs in the hands of Haitian women, the women who know best what they need and how to make it a reality.

Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) was founded in January 2010 by Adam Marlatt shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Marlatt and fellow Marine Robert Sullivan both responded to the disaster within its first week and have been on the ground ever since. Using their experiences as members of the United States Marine Corps, they have constructed a small, all-volunteer force dedicated to providing immediate assistance to victims of disasters all around the globe. The Global DIRT team is currently dedicating its services to Haiti where it has earned a reputation as a go-to NGO for assistance in transportation and logistics. DIRT has provided water, food and medical supplies in areas that have not always been reached by larger organizations. The team specializes in emergency patient transfers and works diligently to improve communication between local hospitals and clinics.

Bello is an internationally known actor and women's rights activist. She has worked in Haiti for the last three years with Femmes en Democratie, a network of 300 Haitian women politicians, business women and artisans. She raised funds and produced a women's media campaign for the elections in November and spearheaded the opening of the women's clinic in the Petionville Camp immediately following the earthquake. She has worked with the women of Darfur for many years. In April 2009, Maria lobbied Congress for a special hearing on rape as a weapon of war and an instrument of genocide. That same year, she was voted one of Variety magazine's most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism, (www.mariabello.org).

Thompson is a humanitarian and disaster relief veteran. She is a nurse, math teacher, investment banker and filmmaker. Following the Asian tsunami 2004 disaster, she traveled to Sri Lanka for two weeks to volunteer and ended up staying for two years running a refugee camp and field hospital at Peraliya Village. There, she launched the Community Tsunami Early-warning Center (CTEC), the first and only center of its kind in Sri Lanka which she still runs and funds six years later. Upon her return from Asia, Thompson directed an award-winning documentary called "The Third Wave" about the volunteering tsunami experience and wrote a book which has just been published. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Thompson set out with a group of doctors and volunteers to establish Petionville IDP Camp which cares for over 60,000 people. There, she served as medical coordinator and oversaw the busy field hospital for five months. Thompson was first inspired to volunteer on September 11 in New York, where she established a first aid station at Ground Zero and volunteered for nine months. On January 26th 2010 Thompson was presented with the highest civilian award by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to disaster relief and mankind.




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