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D’Youville Celebrates Haitian Visit with Banquet

D’Youville Celebrates Haitian Visit with Banquet

Buffalo, New York – October 03, 2017 – D’Youville will hold a Haiti 500 banquet on October 13, 2017, starting at 6 PM in the College Center’s Kuhrt Dining Hall. The banquet will serve as a fundraiser for the Haiti Rehab Project and help promote the Haiti 500 sponsorship program. The evening features visiting Haitians Wilfrid Macena and Cedieu Fortilus as guests of honor.

Macena and Fortilus will be in Buffalo to receive ongoing training by D’Youville faculty and students using hands-on techniques in healthcare that they can utilize upon their return to Haiti. “The campus is excited about their visit. This is an opportunity to provide inter-professional education and collaboration,” according to Dr. Sarah Pictor, Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at D'Youville.

While the banquet is a fundraiser, part of the evening’s goal is raising awareness of the Haiti 500. “For $500 a person or group can cover services for children and adults, including orthotic and prosthetic devices, specialized equipment, procedures, therapy, treatment, training and program development, schooling, shipments of supplies, and other basic needs,” said Pictor.

“Many people think Haiti is far away, but it’s less than 90 minutes from Florida,” said Dr. Ginger Oliver, founder of The Haiti Rehab Project. “We’re happy D’Youville has fostered an interdisciplinary partnership with Haiti and the rehab project. Where there is great need, there is great opportunity.”

Nearly eight years ago Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake affecting over three million people and an estimated 160,000 individuals died, according to a University of Michigan study.

“For $1.37 a day one can dramatically improve the lives of a Haitian,” said Pictor. “You can give $500 or, if you wish, get some friends together to reach $500 through combining funds. Every dollar goes a long way in Haiti.”

Tickets and more information are available online by visiting the website of the Haiti 500 Banquet. Anyone with questions or to make an individual donation is asked to email Dr. Pictor at


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