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Passion fuels second annual C2C 'Hope and a Future' benefit for Haiti

JAMI KELMENSON Special to the AmNews | 1/18/2012, 6:06 p.m.
Passion fuels second annual C2C 'Hope and a Future' benefit for Haiti

More about the efforts to create potable drinking water was explained in a second video, simply known as "The Water Initiative." Both videos and more can be found on C2C's YouTube channel.

After the intermission, the audience was graced by the talents of four exceptionally gifted and passionate performers who were there for one reason alone: Haiti. James "D-Train" Williams effused "Keep On" from his soul, inviting the audience to join him in communicating a message for Haiti: "Don't stop reaching 'til you touch the sky."

Next, a radiant Oleta Adams sat poised before a piano bathed in a pale gray milieu performing her classic "Get Here," the unofficial anthem for the Gulf War in the early 1990s. When singing the memorable line, "There are hills and mountains between us," one could visually incorporate the emerald mountainside vignettes flashed earlier during her tribute and ode to Haiti. She eloquently spoke, "For the people looking for hope and a future, we can give it to them."

Similarly, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chrisette Michelle performed her signature hit, "Let's Rock," followed by a poignant take on "If Nobody Sang Along," from her latest album, "Let Freedom Reign." Her seamless substitution of the words "If I just say what's inside of me I might set a whole country free" made us believe she could.

And finally, Haitian music sensation CaRiMi's lead singer, Mickael Guirand, clad in a red, white and blue "God Save Haiti" T-shirt under a black blazer, brought the audience to its feet with "Ayiti Bang, Bang," sung in Haitian Creole. The song was made even more personal when Guirand shared with the audience, "We were all there when it happened, helping out."

Proceeds from the concert will go toward C2C's ongoing initiatives in Haiti: a water distribution system, rebuilding a school to provide quality education to over 350 children, restoring a main road for safe transportation and business development and reforesting the mountainside for sustainable agriculture, farming and green jobs.

C2C team member and project representative Ashley Toussaint introduced the evening, saying, "Take what you feel tonight and share it with someone." Based on the passion generated by performers and audience alike, his vision and that of C2C will be realized.

For more information, visit community2community.info.