Earlier this month, the Englewood in Hershey was packed full of supporters and friends of Haiti for the Celebration of Hope– an event that highlighted the past successes, the present situation, and the future goals of the Mortel HHH Foundation.

The evening began with a welcome update about the Dr. Rodrigue Mortel Legacy Fund alongside delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and an eclectic silent auction featuring items from all around the world.

Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and a presentation from President, Denise Mortel Mitchell. Denise shared some impressive statistics of the Foundation’s past accomplishments under the leadership of her father, Dr. Mortel, and updated the attendees on how busy the Foundation team has been in continuing to maintain and grow all the programs in Haiti—keeping hope alive even while the country continues to face unprecedented and ongoing challenges. Because of the Foundation’s generous donors, the schools, students, and staff in Haiti are thriving despite their circumstances!

Denise also took the opportunity to highlight one of the current challenges that the students in Haiti are facing which is a real disparity in learning due to school shutdowns and economic challenges plaguing the country. Students have fallen behind in their reading and writing skills, so the goal of the evening was to support the purchase of new library books and textbooks to bridge this learning gap by providing the necessary tools for the teachers and students to make up for lost time.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of all who attended, the night’s fundraising goal was surpassed!

You helped raise over $40,000 to give these students the gift of books and a chance to really succeed with increased learning and opportunities!

A sincere thanks to all who attended, to the dedicated and hard-working event committee, to all who donated and to our event sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsor, Bryn Mawr Trust. We can’t wait to show you the results and the books that you have helped to put in the hands of these students!