Beautiful famous people model/author Kelly Bensimon and actor Boris Kodjoe will host club hero Unik Ernest’s Fifth Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball taking place at 7PM on Wednesday, June 27th at The DL (95 Delancey). This year, fabulous photog Nigel Barker will be honored and there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cocktails by MEDEA vodka and VEEV and a live and silent auction and music by Etienne DeYans. This gatherings of the haves will benefit the have nots...Haitian children. The press release explains: "The evening will raise much-needed funds for the Edeyo Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education."
Since 2007 Unik Ernest made the inspiring decision to dedicate his birthday bash and give back. In lieu of gifts for the gifted and enlightened Mr. Ernest, guests will donate to the Edayo Foundation, who are "improving the future of children in Haiti by rebuilding dilapidated schools and providing students with a safe learning environment, as well as healthy food and water on a daily basis." Edayo means "Help Them" in Hatian Creole.
I asked Unik to tell us all about it:
You’ve been using your birthday to help people in Haiti for years. Please tell us about the event coming up. What will people be treated to and what will theycome away with?
This is the 5th anniversary of Edeyo. It's very important for everyone to feel they have seen and witnessed the growth and the development of the foundation as it relates to its unique projects. We also want everyone to feel they have made a significant contribution to that growth and that they are part of the empowerment and self-reliance of the children!
In the last five years, what has changed in Haiti?
I think a few things have changed, I truly believe we have championed the education movement in the country. Sadly enough, it took a tragedy to change the perception of the world toward Haiti and a very significant part of that has been due the earthquake. Haiti has become a lot more attractive because of it, and now the world is jumping on-board to help. One of the biggest changes has also been the sheer number of people who are less well-off today than they were five years ago.
How are the celebrities and other participants brought together for this event?
They all have stake in the growth of the foundation and have the ability to empower the children of Edeyo. Everyone involved, either as celebrity or participant, has knowledge of Haiti in some capacity due to the fact that we are educating them on the country and Edeyo's mission.
What are you up to?
My focus is the growth of the foundation and the much-anticipated launch of my international couture espresso and patisserie brand that I'm a
co-owner of: Coco Safar. It will be as big as Starbucks. Also, my
event for Pepsi is this July in St. Tropez.