Haitian Lawyers Association’s August 19 Zoom event to raise funds for earthquake relief
South Florida lawyers are raising donations for victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti’s southern peninsula on August 14, claiming some 1,300 lives.
“We’re trying to use local groups and we’re trying to send it directly to the people of Haiti,” said Port-au-Prince native Nadine Gedeon, president-elect of the Haitian Lawyers Association.
Haiti was reeling from a late surge of COVID-19, and the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, when the earthquake struck. Rescue efforts were subsequently hampered by the arrival of Tropical Storm Grace, said Gedeon, a partner in Gedeon & Morales Law Group in Hollywood.
“There was a lot of flooding,” she said. “It’s hard to find words to explain how needy [they] are right now, how vulnerable.”
Gedeon arrived in South Florida not long before a 2010 earthquake struck Haiti further north, killing an estimated 200,000. At the time, Gedeon’s brother, sister, niece, nephews, and aunts were living near the epicenter, but survived.
“It was very scary because I went three days without any communication, without knowing if they were alive or dead,” she said.
Gedeon’s sister has since moved to New York, and the remaining relatives avoided injury in the latest disaster, she said.
The Haitian Lawyers Association has scheduled an August 19 Zoom event that will feature live music and guest speakers. Registration for the 6 p.m. event is available on the Haitian Lawyers Association website.
Donations can also be made via Zelle: [email protected], or by sending checks to HLA C/O Michael Deborah Saint-Vil, 28 West Flagler St., Suite 1000, Miami, FL 33130.
Donors should write, “Earthquake Relief” on the memo.
The Zoom fundraiser will feature one of South Florida’s newest DJ’s, “Dj Marley Mar,” and the band, “Junior D,” said Haitian Lawyers Association President Vladimir St. Louis of St. Louis Law in Davie.
“Anthony ‘Junior D’ Douglas is a talented singer, guitarist and percussionist,” St. Louis said. “Junior D is known for his cover hits in the genres of reggae, Soca, R&B, soul, and pop.”
Most music fans would recognize the 40-year veteran musician as a former member of the group “Inner Circle,” best known for the hit, “Bad Boys,” that became the theme song for the reality show “Cops,” said St. Louis.