Fundraiser for Haiti: The 12th Annual Merci D’Avance Dance


The annual fundraising Merci D’Avance Dance [Thanks in Advance Dance] will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 7:00 to 11:00pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, which is located at 335 Main Street in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. All proceeds will go to the “Haiti Project;” every year, this winter dance fundraiser ensures that the small, rural community of Matènwa, Haiti, will continue the economic development and education so crucial to their growth and survival. A $10 donation at the door get you two free raffle tickets.

The event will include: Upstairs—a live and silent auction (featuring auctioneer Seth Rolbein), a raw bar by Wellfleet Bay Oyster Company, light appetizers, a cash bar, and sale of handmade work by the artists of Matènwa, and an update of Matènwa with photos and video by Ellen LeBow, Lisa Brown, and Ethan Scholl. Downstairs—dancing with the famous Wellfleet “Rip it Ups” starting at 9:00pm.

Matènwa is a small, rural Haitian community in the mountains of Lagonav, an island in Haiti’s great, blue bay. Poverty forces a deforestation that ruins the balance of nature, eroding away the topsoil, which in turn washes down to the sea killing off edible fish. The village of Matènwa has survived for generations by farming small family plots and slowly turning trees into charcoal for sale. Women and children travel miles to collect precious water from a scattering of mountain springs. There is a constant struggle to afford rice, fuel and medicine. Women, who do much of the labor and child-raising, battle to keep their families fed, often depending on other family members, or men who have less work as traditional farming methods fail. [Also see RaRa and the Women Artists of Matenwa, Haiti]

For more information you may call 508-737-1333 or see

For more information on Matènwa, see

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