To the Editor:
Just over six months ago Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. We must not forget that there are hundreds of thousands of people now living in tent cities, and hurricane season is upon them.
The volunteers of the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project, along with many, many other Vineyarders are determined not to forget and have been working to make a concrete contribution for our Haitian brothers and sisters.
On Friday, July 16, the Summer Clambake Haiti Benefit was held at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Co-sponsored by the Agricultural Society, the event had the perfect location and weather for the evening.
Live music by the Jazz Duo Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson floated in the air while more than 95 items donated by local businesses and individuals were bid upon. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine that were donated by Tea Lane Caterers, Little Rock Farm, the Net Result, Sweet Life Café, Chilmark Chocolates, Pam’s Pesto, Suzie Herr, Jim’s Market, Al’s, Kappy’s, and Tony’s Market, were circulating in abundance.
Trip Barnes was the auctioneer for the live auction segment of the event, and as always Trip lived up to his reputation as an entertainer.
Music during and after the clambake, followed by dancing, was provided by Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, Paul Thurlow, and Tom Hodgson. Didi Jérémie, a Haitian singer and songwriter, shared his talent with us.
The event was deemed a huge success and all the proceeds will become an instrument to help many in Haiti. Medical supplies and equipment will be shipped in a donated, retired VTA bus to equip a clinic in Roche à Bateau, where one doctor is serving 100,000 people. After delivering the supplies, the bus will become a mobile clinic bringing medical relief to hundreds of people living in even more remote areas of Haiti.
Miracles can happen when people come together in solidarity and reach out to those in need.
Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project, founder/director