Thanks to our amazing host and friend Donna Karan and everyone at Urban Zen Foundation, we raised funds to cover one hundred and twenty-five scholarships for this school year at this weekend’s Haiti in the Hamptons Summer Carnival.
The event was a huge success – forgoing a traditional ask, we sold our brand spanking new APJ snapback hats, with one hat sponsoring one student scholarship at the Academy for Peace and Justice. Hats peppered the crowd by the end of the night, and the event will generate close to $250,000 in student scholarships, with half pledged last night and half expected to be raised in a Charitybuzz auction commencing this week, featuring items such as a private polo lesson with Nacho Figueras, courtside seats with the Brooklyn Nets, and trip to Haiti with Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova, and Karen Elson.
Haitian RaRa Band DjaRaRa, subject of the documentary “The Other Side of the Water” and leaders in the RaRa movement in New York for over 20 years, welcomed guests as they walked into the event, then made two surprise appearances throughout the night to pump up the crowd.
Donna Karan’s home glowed with warm candlelight highlighted by beautiful artisan crafts from Haiti, all available at the Urban Zen stores. Guests sipped on Don Julio 1942 cocktails and Luc Belaire champagne as they dined on paella around the pool.
DJ Michael Brun, the 21 year old Haitian up-and-comer who closed Coachella’s iconic Sahara tent this year and played mainstage at Miami’s Ultra, closed out the night with a set that included his remix of Maxwell and Alicia Keys’ hit “Fire We Make” as Grammy Award winning Haitian American musician Maxwell joined him at the turntables.
Click here to check out highlights and relive all the fun from this incredible night in the Hamptons with Urban Zen celebrating Haitian culture.
Big thanks to Donna Karan, Urban Zen Foundation, Bovet 1822, Don Julio Tequila, Craft Beer Alliance, Red Hook Brewery, Kona Brewing Company , Wine Awesomeness, Sovereign Brands, and Widmer Brothers for their generous donations in support of education in Haiti.