Masquerade Ball March 3 to Benefit Haiti-Based Fokal

My sister Laurette is part of GEMS, a women's group. They are organizing a wonderful Masquerade Ball this weekend March 3rd to benefit Haiti-based organization Fokal. Here is the official invite. Should answer all your questions about Fokal and GEMS.

Oh and in case you're not big on gowns or costumes, not to worry. I already asked and she said I could come in my cocktail dress. See you there!

On Saturday, March 3, 2007,
please join us for a Masquerade Ball.

Location: Adria Hotel and Conference Center
221-17 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY

Starting at 9PM

Contact: (201) 270-6345 or simplyGEMS2004@yahoo.com

This GEMS event will not only allow us to introduce ourselves to the community, but to continue our mission, by benefiting FOKAL.

Laurette Backer
Rose-Vony Duroseau
Nadja Giglio-Joseph
Farah Lamarre
Michele Lamarre
Jackie Prosper-St. Fort
Aster Tekabe
Kherlyn Veillard-Marcel
Cassandre Lamarre Williams
Tickets: $75.00/per person
(includes mask, cocktail hour, dinner, and wine)
GEMS was established in 2004 by an enthusiastic group of women who felt a need to create a place in which women of diverse yet familiar backgrounds could come together to create a support structure that would encourage the exchange of ideas; promote self-sufficiency by way of lucrative investments and business ventures; and implement programs and scholarships that will impact the well-being of our community for years to come.

FOKAL, Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libete/Fondation Connaissance et Liberte, is an independent foundation in Haiti supported by the Open Society Institute, and other international and local organizations.

It provides a range of educational, human development and economic activities to local communities and community civil society organization in the country. It has become the leading independent organization shaping the future of Haiti.

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