Kenneth Cole And Adriana Lima To Host Event For The St. Luke Foundation For Haiti Celebrating Haitian Heroes

Dec 4, 2013 8:00 AM ET

New York, NY, December 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Designer and social activist Kenneth Cole will co-host a fundraising event for the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti on December 10, with Adriana Lima celebrating two Haitian Heroes, Esther Desir and Raphael Louigene. Hosted at Kenneth Cole’s new space “The Garage”, the $250 tickets can be purchased at

Cole will present both heroes with The Kenneth Cole Humanitarian Award for their outstanding work with St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, providing education and medical care to the least served populations in Haiti. In 2012 in partnership with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, Cole opened the Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center (KCHHC) at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cite Soleil – one of the most challenging and underserved areas in the Western Hemisphere-- providing disease prevention, treatment, and education to the local community by empowering Haitian leadership.

“What differentiates The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti is their beliefs of collaborating with local leadership to instill real change and deeper connection within the communities they operate in,” says Kenneth Cole, “I’m excited to not only honor Esther and Raphael but give them the stage to share their personal experiences working on the ground in Haiti.”

Ms. Desir will be honored for her extensive work at St. Luke’s Hospital cholera center providing life saving treatment as the epidemic broke out. She is also an accomplished singer and will perform at the event. Mr. Louigene is the administrator of St. Mary’s Hospital in Cite Soleil providing medical services to the one of the most underserved communities in the western hemisphere. 

“The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti is truly grateful for the friendship and support of Kenneth Cole and his staff,” says Wynn Walent Assistant Director at St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. “We’ve been so impressed by Kenneth’s desire to support and follow the lead of our Haitian leadership on the ground, and we’re looking forward to working together for a long time to come.”

The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, a Haitian run organization, provides education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people per year through key programs employing nearly 1,000 Haitians. 

The partnership between St. Luke Foundation For Haiti and Kenneth Cole in the opening the KCHHC at St. Mary’s Hospital was part of Cole’s ongoing disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Following the 2010 earthquake, 3.5 million people suffered serious physical, emotional, and medical challenges. Immediately following this earthquake, Kenneth Cole Productions organized a shoe drive for those affected and communicated a message of support via a billboard campaign. In October 2012, Kenneth Cole and 16 associates traveled to Haiti to volunteer and launch a community building initiative on the ground. Learn more about the trip and The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center online at

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