Vassar Haiti Project's Art and Soul reception to fund medical center in Chermaitre, Haiti, November 13, 2014

The third annual Art and Soul Reception on Thursday, November 13, at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul. The program runs from 5:30 to 8:00pm, and is open to the public. Tickets are $65 each. Art and Soul is presented by the Vassar Haiti Project’s Medical Advisory Board, which is chaired by former Vassar Brothers Medical Center CEO Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD.

The Art and Soul reception funds the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of local residents. For many residents, this is the first accessible medical care in their lifetime. The medical center is staffed by a Haitian doctor and a full-time nurse. This fall, a local physician and advisory board member, Dr. Daniel Katz, will also travel to Haiti to work in the clinic.

“Having the medical center operate consistently is our biggest concern for the health initiative right now. The few clinic days we have had so far emphasize the need for an increased support for the health care of the community and its people,” said director of the health initiative, Manrose Singh, Vassar class of ’15.

“The medical center is obviously an asset and a boon to the people of Haiti,” said Dr. Aronzon.

Dr. Katz is looking forward to his trip to Haiti. “We, as physicians, are always searching for a way to help those in need,” he said. “What a gift the VHP has bestowed upon this village where medical care was once a laborious journey for hours by foot and now it is easily accessible for the people of Chermaitre. I am honored to serve on the medical advisory board and look forward to helping the doctor and staff of the clinic improve the quality of life for all those in need.”

Reflecting on the broader impact of VHP, Dr. Aronzon said, “In addition to the support of health care and sustainable development in Chermaitre, one of VHP’s most significant accomplishments has been to educate Vassar’s students in global citizenship. In effect we are developing not just the communication and critical thinking skills, but also the requisite conscience and perspective to develop tomorrow’s global leaders.”

VHP director Andrew Meade concurs. “In addition to the work we’re doing to help improve the quality of and access to healthcare for the people of Chermaitre, this project has helped to connect the Poughkeepsie community with the college. We’re delighted to have Dr. Katz accompany us to Haiti this year and hope that other local doctors will join us in the future.”

Proceeds from the Art and Soul Reception will help support the operation of the clinic for the coming year. All art purchases are tax deductible. For more information on ticket prices and availability please contact or call 845.797.2123.

About the Vassar Haiti Project

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), founded in 2001, promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and provides students and volunteers a life changing experiential education in global citizenship.  VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, clean water access, and women’s health. VHP is incorporated in New York as Haiti Project, Inc., and is a registered U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations and purchases of artworks are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.

Posted by Office of Communications Saturday, October 18, 2014