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$1.1M Raised for Haiti Education at Artists for Peace and Justice Gala



On Sunday night in Toronto, Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) raised over $1 million [USD] for education in Haiti. Jimmy Jean-Louis attended and showcased a young woman from Haiti, now studying full-time at university in Montreal, who was impact by the work of APJ.

APJ co-founder Deborah Rennard and Natasha Koifman opened the gala, taking the stage to express gratitude for supporters and guests, many of whom had been involved with APJ for more than 11 years. The 2019 gala theme, as explained by Rennard, focused on going back to the roots of the organization and looking at all that has been accomplished. The Academy for Peace and Justice has graduated more than 1,000 students since its inaugural year.

"I am incredibly grateful to have been part of the APJ family since day one. We went back to our roots this year, celebrating more than a decade of generous contributions and impactful support for APJ," said Natasha Koifman, Canadian Board Chair, US Board of Directors and Festival Gala Co-Host. "The sense of purpose and unity in the room this evening was really special. Over the past 11 years, we truly accomplished what we set out to do: we bought our land, we built the Academy for Peace and Justice, and we will continue to provide education to the people of Haiti."

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