The essence of Haitian identity definitely highlighted the night. Successful members of the Haitian community including Jany Tomba, a former fashion model, and famed singer, Emeline Michel joined in on the festivities. At about 10 pm Haitian pop-star, Alan Cave, serenaded guests with acoustic performances of his most famous tunes. People crammed around him, filling every inch of standing room -- including the stairs to sway, clap, snap, and sing along with Mr. Cave.
It would be completely dishonest of us to herald Mr. Cave's performance -- although as exuberant and awe-inspiring as it was -- as the highlight of the night. The party was filled with magical moments - conversations with new friends, like author Ibi Zoboi, and dancing with not-so-new friends such as blogger, Alice Backer -- helping us and others make memories we would never forget.
The night closed with quite a luxurious raffle, with all gifts being worth over $100. As an old friend of Haiti Cultural Exchange, we were honored to spend our Saturday night with them, and hope that there will be many other Saturday nights to spend amongst their growing circle of supporters and members in the future.