Hatian-Relief Fund Gets a Boost

Miami Herald, The (FL)
Section: Tropical Life
Edition: Final
Page: 7E

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Former U.S. Ambassador Steven Green and his wife Dorothea opened the doors of their elegant home in La Gorce for a Project Medishare fundraiser. It was held to raise awareness about the healthcare crisis in Haiti and to raise funds for the work that Project Medishare is doing there. The nonprofit was founded by Dr. Barth Green (no relation to the Greens) and Dr. Arthur Fournier from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The ambassador, his wife and daughter Kimberly have been partners with Project Medishare and advocates for Haiti for the past four years, doing so through their Green Family Foundation, of which Kimberly is president.

Through the foundation's health initiative, basic health care - nutrition, vaccinations, pre-natal care - is given to 60,000 individuals living in the central plateau in Haiti.

Dinner was served on the outdoor terrace where Maya Angelou was the highlight of the evening as she read some of her poetry. More than 100 guests were so mesmerized that despite drizzling rain, did not move from their seats until she finished.

Kimberly Green produced a documentary featuring Project Medishare and other nonprofits that save lives in Haiti, which was narrated by Angelou and her son Guy Johnson - who also read his poetry that night. Guests received a copy of the film and signed copies of Angelou's book, Amazing Peace.

Supporters included writer and poet Stephanie Johnson (Guy's wife); Hank and Lisa Adorno; Sheldon Anderson, president of Northern Trust, and wife Florence; Yolanda Berkowitz; actor Matt Damon's wife, Lucy Damon; collector Marvin Ross Friedman; Maryse Kedar, president of YELE; Don and Katrina Peebles; fashion designer Ash Rana; Torbin Riise; Barry and Cheryl Schwartz; Ellen Powers, executive director Project Medishare; Gerald Moore.