A Haitian cultural celebration at Brenau University last week raised more than $1,000, with proceeds to benefit Haitian schoolchildren.
Also, some medical supplies and clothing were donated, said Bill Lightfoot, dean of Brenau’s School of Business and Mass Communication, in an e-mail thanking event organizers.
“All feedback from the participants has been positive,” he wrote.
Taste of Haiti at Brenau’s John W. Jacobs Jr. Building featured music, dancing and poetry, as well as a silent auction.
Two sisters, Macita and Yamatha St. Germain, worked with other students and college officials to put on the event. Yamatha was born in the U.S. but schooled in Haiti and is a Brenau student. Macita was born in Haiti and has lived in the U.S. for 22 years, working now as a preschool teacher.
The women said they felt compelled to show others what Haiti was like before the Jan. 12 earthquake that laid the island nation to ruin and killed more than 200,000 people.