Chestnut Hill College to Host Fundraiser for Haitian Bank Fonkozé USA

Producer and Film Maker Gerry Straub to Show New Film

Release Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a fundraiser for Fonkonzé USA on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and food, followed by a presentation by guest speaker Gerard Straub, film maker and founder of Pax et Bonum Communications, a company that produces films and books that foster compassion for those who suffer from hunger and injustice, while also inspiring genuine and respectful fraternity among all people, no matter one’s faith or lack of faith. Gerry will share bits of his film Hidden in the Rubble. on Haiti, before and after the earthquake. Representatives of Fonkozé will also report on the impact of the funds raised last year, and future plans for Fonkozé are for the coming year.

Fonkozé is Haiti's bank for the organized poor and Haiti's largest micro-finance organization. Their mission is to build the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti by providing the rural poor with the tools they need to rise out of poverty. Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) or Path to a Better Life is the successful 18-month program with Fonkozé that prepares Haitian women to establish a business, improve their family's health and home, as they develop the confidence and skills to face their futures. One of the key components of the program is working with the children of CLM families, ensuring attendance in school and reinforcing the training of their mothers through a summer youth program. The funding from this event will go to a fund specifically for the children of Chemen Lavi Miyò members.

Tickets are $65 per person and donations will also be accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Leigh Carter at or call 202.628.9033.