A Night to Remember…

    By Gabrielle Perez, MBA
    Summer 2017

    “There are moments you remember all your life. There are moments you wait for and dream of all your life. This is one of those moments...” Barbra Streisand, YENTL

    The Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (http://www.gahcci.org) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to transforming the Haitian narrative, cultural heritage and to empowering the Haitian-American community in the Atlanta Metropolitan area one business at a time. The Chamber transforms Haiti from near or far by providing scholarships, leadership training, and business connections. To have witnessed firsthand the fruit of the Chamber’s collective efforts of its Board of Directors, countless volunteers, and community leaders has left me speechless and grateful to belong to such a prestigious, impactful, and visionary organization, whose brilliant President, Mr. Saurel J. Quettan, and perspicacious Founder and Past-President, Ms. Sandra L. Jean, are forces to be reckoned with. The third annual PWOCHEN LIDÈ fundraiser (http://www.pwochenlide.com) event’s overall success and its outwardly-focused purpose were theirs to have and to own – unequivocally.

    The soirée was held at the Hilton Norcross on Saturday, July 29, 2017. It offered a unique, elegant, and distinguished platform to recognize, to inspire, and to encourage some of our Haitian-American youths to EMERGE as they embarked on their educational and professional journeys. Our Event Chair, Mrs. Alrene Richards Barr, and our major sponsor, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, worked tirelessly to ensure the desired outcomes of this evening were in-built. We would be remiss not to mention the incomparable support and sponsorship of corporate partners, political organizations, and individuals dedicated to the Chamber’s mission in elevating the Haitian-American youth. Our gracious Event Host, Ms. Tracye Hutchins (CBS46) was stellar, articulate, and generous in gifting us with her presence and time. Her participation spoke volumes to our selective audience.

    Yes, it was a night to celebrate our community, our contributions, and our commitment to educating the future leaders of Haiti. Simply put, it was a miraculous evening embedded with emergences of greatness, camaraderie, pleasant surprises, and purpose. It showcased the pride, hope, and strong resolve of our Haitian-American youths as we invested in their education, their future. One Scholarship Recipient even won a car! The eight carefully selected 2017 Scholarship Recipients truly exemplified what we stood for as a community: education, class, vision, purpose, and esprit de corps. The excitement in the ballroom was almost palpable as the Chamber’s Vice President, Mr. Paul Défay, found his new calling: Auctioneer Extraordinaire. And to quote Mr. Gary Wargo, Senior Managing Partner at Mid-Georgia Financial Group: “What a wonderful evening. Each of the recipients were very inspiring and will be big successes.” We have no doubt.

    An honor bestowed upon the Chamber was the Proclamation granted from Atlanta’s City Council President, Mr. Ceasar Mitchell. The 2017 special awards recipients were Ms. Tamarre Torchon (Trailblazer Award), Mr. Réginald Grand’Pierre (Torch Bearer Award), and Mr. Réginald DesRoches (Keeper of the Legacy Award). They collectively reflect everything the Chamber stands for: Changing the narrative of our people; Mentoring Haitian entrepreneurs; and Serving our Haitian-American community in a selfless manner thinking locally, globally.

    Ms. Renée Knorr, our remarkable Events Manager, effectively handled the planning aspects of that inspiring evening. She carefully executed what was expected of her: stage set-up; hospitality suite room; registration area in the foyer; the detailed agendas; rehearsal times; catering to our recruited volunteers, etc. To her credit, she was pure grace under pressure. That’s what professionals do. I was privileged to open the show by singing the Haitian and American national anthems. In addition, performing “A Piece of Sky” was a dream come true for which I got a standing ovation - priceless. Other performers were DJ Final, Mr. Ollie Patterson, and contributing artist, Ms. Kathy Sauther, whose outstanding artwork were successfully auctioned off to raise more funds. Esans Kreyol, featuring its talented, bold, and colorful lead singer, Ms. Ermite Mitou Charles, surely helped us all to dance the night away and to further create lasting memories of a perfect night – one to remember.

    To learn more about the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and/or to BECOME A SPONSOR for the Fourth Annual 2018 Fundraiser, please visit: http://gahcci.org/our-corporate-partners/, email contact@gahcci.org, or call (404) 442-2685 – Office located in the World Trade Center Atlanta in the Buckhead area (visits are only scheduled by appointments).

    Caribbean Movers & Shakers Awards

    Press conference for the Caribbean Movers & Shakers Awards. Attendees: Taliah Henton-Jones - CEO of Henton Jones Media; Patricia Mohammed of Tassa Roti Shop; Cherri Garden - Actress & Model; Tennille Baptiste - owner of StarChoice Insurance; Renee Know - Spokes Model, Fashion & Beauty Mogul; Alrene Barr - Dir. of Int’l Bus. Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport; Simone Edwards - 1st caribbean player in the WNBA; Styleon, International Reggae artist; Nicole Roebuck - Executive at AIDAtlanta; Sharda Tank & Ria Edoo, owner of Tassa Roti Shop.

    Atlanta Georgia Relays

     Atlanta Georgia Relays is an annual international Track & Field meet. They featured some of the most outstanding athletes from the U.S. and Caribbean including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Trinidad. The relay was held this year at the Langston Hughes Stadium. Mr. Christopher A. Roker & the Bahamas Association are huge supporters.

    Sisters By Choice 13th Annual Pink Ribbon Walk/Run

     Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips - Reed with friends at the Sisters By Choice 13th Annual Pink Ribbon Walk/Run.
    The organization raised $110K this year to support their Mobile Breast Clinic that helps disadvantaged women & men throughout Georgia gain access to quality breast care examination, education & treatment.
    This 5K walk/run was started in 2005 and has grown tremendously over the years and takes place annually at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, GA.
    Dr. Phillips-Reed is a prominent Atlanta-based breast surgeon who founded Sisters By Choice in 1989.