On Friday, April 7th Avanse hosted its second annual Benefit, Believe in the Possible at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. The spectacular event, which featured exceptional wines, cocktails and exquisite cuisine raised close to $60,000 to support the Avanse Home for Street Children, in Haiti.
This black tie affair brought together more than 200 people to raise funds for the Avanse Outreach Center that protects street children in Cite Soleil, Haiti - the poorest slum in the western hemisphere.
Chicago dignitaries arrived in style during the Benefits Red Carpet Reception and were greeted with fanciful hibiscus and champagne topped cocktails (Haiti’s national flower) and tray passed hors d'oeuvres. Live electric violinist Kat V’s modern twist to the classic violin filled the room with de luxe ambiance. Guests made their way into the tented pavilion transformed into an enchanting display of pink accents and beautifully designed florals by Flowerville. Masters of Ceremony, J Niice, host of Chicago’s B96 the J Show and Philanthropic, Marco Foster captivated and engaged the audience throughout the dinner program.
Founder and CEO, Jeannette Pawula thanked supporters by saying, “More than anything else, this evening is about the children we are devoted to supporting and being here tonight to celebrate together. Tonight is about believing. We believe it is possible to create a world where no child should have to sleep on the street. There is strength in unity and it is teamwork and collaboration within our community that makes Avanse so special”
The highlight of the evening was a moving video presentation showcasing the crisis of the street child that artistically played during ballet performance by: Abigail Simon and Joffrey Ballet's Matthew Adamczyk, Courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet's, Ashley C Wheater, Artistic Director.
Live auction followed as guests competitively bid over exceptional donations including an Intimate Gourmet Dinner by Chef Charles Webb of CW Signature, a Captained Yacht Experience compliments of Guaranteed Rate, and a commissioned painting of the Haitian and American Flag in a symbolic representation of Avanses humanitarian aid by Spencer Rogers of S.Rog Gallery. The night continued with music and dancing by upscale DJ & Producer Bridget Marie.