New York, NY- May 21, 2009 – The Global Syndicate hosted Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at its Power Roundtable Dinner to benefit The Haiti Project, on May 18 at MPE Penthouse. After a compelling address by the mayor, where he urged New Yorkers to contribute to the restoration of Haiti’s socio-economic stability, guests participated in a lively discussion about the nation’s path to restoration. The dynamic conversation revolved around issues of education, health, and economic development. The evening featured a panel discussion moderated by Professor Wallace Ford, of Columbia Graduate School, an international lawyer and consultant. Panelists included filmmaker David Belle, engineer George Garnier, Dr. Leslie Kernisant, and Professor Etienne Telemaque.
Distinguished guests enjoyed a gourmet Haitian meal and the company of prominent figures such as Assemblyman Karim Camara, Robert Kennedy III, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, actors Michael Stahl-David, Geoffrey Holder, and Dorian Missick along with New York City Council Members John Liu and David Yassky. In the evening’s capstone address, Jacques Philippe Piverger, founder of The Global Syndicate and private equity investor, unveiled the “Cinq (Five) Program”, which invites the public to join the movement by making a minimum of $5 donation and recruiting 5 others to do the same at www.theglobalsyndicate.org.
The preamble to the dinner was a jam-packed fundraiser which was held on Wednesday, May 13 at M2 Ultralounge. The attendance (500+) and dollars raised far exceeded all projections for the star-studded event. Guests enjoyed myriad attractions at the famous Manhattan club, including authentic Haitian drumming and dancing by Batingua Dance & Drum Productions, a documentary screening by Karen Kramer on Haiti’s struggle, and a live performance by world-renowned artist Kevin Lyttle. Missick emceed the charged crowd, which included notable celebrity attendees such as Belle, Kennedy, Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire), Jimmy Jean-Louis (NBC’s Heros), Cliff Louis of the NY Giants, and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Jean-Louis and Jeffries both delivered heartfelt speeches urging all present to follow the Global Syndicate’s lead and act now for the betterment of Haiti. The Haiti Project continues with spectacular events slated for the entire calendar year in various cities across the U.S.
About The Haiti Project
The Haiti Project is a nationwide fundraising and awareness campaign that will generate significant funds to support critical humanitarian efforts in Haiti. Led by The Global Syndicate, its mission is to unite socially-conscious individuals in support of real action on the ground in Haiti. The initiative will produce highly targeted, informative and powerful events in key cities across the United States. Proceeds will directly support existing non-profit organizations that provide lifesaving education, healthcare, and economic development services to Haitian men, women, and children living on the island—a majority of whom survive on less than two dollars per day. The Global Syndicate is a US-based not-for-profit organization that supports worldwide humanitarian efforts.
The Global Syndicate has currently designated six non-profit organizations—Ciné Institute, Édéyo, Hinche Citizens’ Initiative, Hollywood Unites For Haiti (Jimmy Jean-Louis), Project Medishare – Global Institute (Dr. Jeff Sachs) and Yélé Haiti (Wyclef)—as direct beneficiaries of The Haiti Project.
For more information about The Global Syndicate and The Haiti Project, please visit www.theglobalsyndicate.org.