Open Hearts for Haiti Fundraiser Will Benefit Trees, Water & People

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Melissa (RPCV Haiti) and Joe Basta (RPCV Dominican Republic) will host the Open Hearts for Haiti fundraiser, Thursday, February 11 at the Fort Collins Country Club.  The couple, who met while serving as volunteers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is organizing the event to benefit three non-profit organizations working in Haiti, including the Haitian Education Leadership Program (H.E.L.P.), Partners in Health (PIH) and Fort Collins-based Trees, Water & People (TWP).  One hundred percent of proceeds from ticket and auction sales will benefit the three organizations.

The event will feature a silent auction of Haitian art and crafts.  Art featured at the event will include a mix of paintings, stone and wood carving, oil-drum metal work and more.  Items donated are from galleries and private collections from across the country. The event signature piece featured on the invitation, a sequined Haitian flag, will be included in the auction.

Entertainment will also include a live performance by an international drumming circle out of Boulder, CO.  In addition to the performance guests will enjoy a sampling of Haitian themed hors d’oeuvres.

To buy your tickets today please visit

WHO: Event hosts Joe and Melissa Basta, Representatives from Trees, Water & People

WHAT: Open Hearts for Haiti Fundraiser and Silent Auction of Haitian Art and Crafts 

WHEN: Thursday, February 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event Tickets are $50, Hors D’Oeuvres and Cash Bar.  Beer provided by New Belgium.

WHERE: Fort Collins Country Club

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Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing sustainable community-based conservation solutions.

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