Upcoming Events

Roots of Development’s 6th Annual Fundraiser: KONBIT DC


The Shakespeare Theatre
610 F Street NW
Washington , DC 20004


In sticking with its tradition of celebrating the very best of Haitian culture at its annual DC fundraiser, Roots of Development is excited to announce that this year’s event will highlight the “konbit”. In rural areas of Haiti, residents join forces to accomplish tasks too great for them to accomplish on their own. This communal effort is called konbit. Residents of a community form a konbit to discuss, promote, unify, or harvest greater results as a group. The unique effort has become a vital source of strength and unity in Haiti’s rural communities and has found its way into Haitian folktales and literature. With our core focus on community, Konbit is a great way to celebrate this year’s annual event!


The event brings together over 300 individuals, including many of the District’s noted professionals, business leaders, professional athletes, entertainment personalities, political leaders and more. This evening will educate and inspire guests with spotlights on community development, including:  Promoting and Empowering Women; Building and Constructing Change; and Strengthening Community Leaders. Guests will soak in the feel of the Caribbean with delectable tastes and signature cocktails, with a live performance of Haitian dancing and drumming, and late-night dancing with the help of DJ KéKé. Guests will also enjoy a Haitian art tour within the Theatre courtesy of Galerie Monnin. General admission for all ticket-holders begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for sale here.




The Moet & Chandon VIP Reception for VIP ticket-holders begins at 6:00pm. This year, we expect special guest appearances from:

-Ben Olsen, DC United Head Coach

-Wendy Rieger, Anchorwoman NBC 4

-David Grosso, DC Council Member

-Andress Appolon, Senior Counselor to Haiti, Board of Executive Directors, IDB

-Regine Pierre, Miss Haiti 2014

We are very excited to announce that Roberto Martino, the lead singer of T-VICE, Haiti’s biggest Konpa Band will be joining us for the VIP Reception exclusively.


Key Sponsors:



Supporting Sponsors:

Seven Hills Global Outreach

DC Noodles

Daphney Phillip

Cynthia Schultz

Bob Manning


Media Partners:




Event Partners:

Moet & Chandon

Galerie Monnin

Plant Farm Rentals

Urban Petals

Dansez Dansez


Yuma “Dr. Yew” Bellomee

Bobo Earl Bellomee

Kwame William Caudle

Roody Volcy

The Shakespeare Theatre

Steering Committee:

Clara Benice

Tricia Desvarieux

Jessica Desvarieux

Ariel Dominique

Christian Jabon

Rachel Jeanty

Magalie Pradel

Ernest Voyard



Cocktail Attire

The closest metro stop is Gallery Place-Chinatown on the Red line. Use the Arena/7th Street NW exit. There are a number of parking garage options nearby:

PMI Parking

The PMI Parking garage is at the corner of 9th and D streets NW; enter the garage from D Street NW.

LAZ Parking

The LAZ garage is located directly beneath Sidney Harman Hall; enter from E or F Streets NW between 6th and 7th Streets NW. When entering, follow signs directing you to 620 F Street NW. Elevators will take you to theWinter Garden lobby next door to Sidney Harman Hall on F Street NW.

Atlantic Parking

The Atlantic Parking garage is located at 560 8th Street NW. This garage is open the latest for weekend parking in the area.


All event proceeds go to support Roots of Development’s work in building strong, independent communities in Haiti.




Visit our past events page to see photos from our last few fundraising events.
Past Events