Many Hands for Haiti will host a unique fundraising event titled “Pignon in Pella” on Saturday, Sept. 7.
At the fundraiser, guests will enjoy Haitian-inspired appetizers in the Molengracht while they engage with interactive displays to help understand the impact of the organization’s programs in Haiti. Then, guests will move to the Pella Opera House for dinner provided by B Fabulous BBQ and a short program from Many Hands Executive Leader Tim Brand.
The event comes after the U.S. Embassy issued a more restrictive travel advisory against Haiti in Feb. 2019. This created operational obstacles for the non-profit, which usually sends hundreds of short-term volunteers on service trips each year.
“We have seen massive growth in our programming and projects in Haiti,” said Brand. “However, with a majority of the planned team trips unable to proceed this year, many of the projects the short-term mission teams support is in jeopardy of not happening, resulting in more hardship for the Haitian people. The idea for the Pella in Pignon event came as a direct result of this situation. As we haven’t been able to send people to Haiti as we had intended, we thought, ‘why not bring Pignon to Pella instead?’”
The event will take place between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and table bookings and tickets are now available. For more information or to make reservations, please call 641-629-6633, or visit www.mh4h.org/pip2019. All money raised from the evening will be used to meet the need in programming created by the shortfall from short-term mission teams.
“This would have been the seventh year for the Color Blast 5K,” said Brand. “But considering how much we have grown as an organization, we felt the need for a new event that could do really showcase the level of programming we now have in Haiti.”
Earlier this year, the organization expanded their operations in Haiti by adding a second satellite campus to help serve a new community of mothers and children in the Pignon area, many of whom live on less than $2 a day.
“Many Hands for Haiti has been part of the fabric of Pella for over 10 years now, and without support from the people of Pella, Many Hands would not be working with the 325 families whose lives we are now touching daily,” said Brand. “We are excited to see how the Pignon in Pella event will strengthen this ongoing connection, while helping to drive support so that we can continue this life-transforming work for another 10 years.”