Past Events

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Save the Date - SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

Join us on Saturday, June 8th for our 11th annual fundraiser in Washington D.C.

This year we have a brand new venue and a very special performer coming to town! So mark your calendars.

We are counting on your support.

Roots of Development’s annual fundraiser is the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year and one of the largest annual Haiti events in the nation’s capital. Diverse and influential guests, business and political leaders, media and entertainment personalities gather in Washington D.C. every year to celebrate Haiti and support Roots of Development’s unique approach to development.

Tickets can be purchased here:


Roots of Development’s 10th annual fundraiser in Washington, DC

Saturday, June 23rd 2018
In the Hall of the Americas of the Organization of American States, Washington, DC

From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
VIP reception (for VIP ticket-holders only) begins at 6:00 PM


Roots of Development’s 6th annual CT DANCE PARTY

Saturday, March 24th
6:00 PM
Elks Lodge, Willimantic, CT

LIVE MUSIC with the Band STEPPIN’ OUT, a cash bar, a big raffle and lots of fun, all with a special theme… BLING !


Roots of Development’s 9th Annual DC Fundraiser
Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Gallery O on H
1354 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Brought to you by Allegis*
The award-winning Haitian band RAM performed live at the event. 
*Allegis Group provides businesses with a full suite of talent solutions through our network of specialized operating companies. Learn more by visiting


Roots of Development’s 5th ANNUAL Dance Fundraiser
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
at the Elk’s Lodge in Willimantic, CT

Tickets are only $20!


An Important Night Out at DC Noodles for Hurricane Matthew Relief

November 14, 2016 @7pm

DC Noodles Restaurant – 1412 U St NW – Washington, DC 20009



Roots of Development’s 8th Annual DC Fundraiser: A Haitian Soiree

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

VIP reception @ 6pm

Main Event @ 7pm

Our largest and most important event of the year. And a whole lot of fun too!

For event details and to buy your tickets, click here!



The 7th Annual HRA Business Investment Expo & Conference

“Diaspora Integration and Investment in Private Sector Development”

June 14th-15th, 2016 

The HRA Business Investment Expo & Conference, now in its seventh edition promoting business development & investment, has established itself as the premier and the largest network event gathering high profile government officials, private sector, investors, NGOs, bankers, funders, entrepreneurs to discuss investment opportunities, form partnerships, share experiences, knowledge, passion and commitment to promoting sustainable development in the Caribbean.

George Washington University

Marvin Conference Center

801 21st Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

To Learn More and Attend Click Here

SPECIAL! 10% discount for Roots supporters (Use Promo Code: ROOTS2016)


6th Annual Haiti Cherie Pride Love and Commitment

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
New York, NY

Haiti Cherie is an annual benefit founded by Fabrice J. Armand, producer, philanthropist, native son of Haiti. It celebrates the beauty, history of the Haitian culture while honoring the resiliency of its people. The event raises funds for organizations making a sustainable impact in Haiti and honors professionals who have achieved significant success in their fields. This year’s funds will will be presented to Roots of Development!


Join us on Saturday, March 19th at the Willimantic Elk’s Lodge in WILLIMANTIC, CT
for Roots of Development’s 4th ANNUAL 60’s & 70’s Dance Party.


Thank you for making our 7th Annual DC event, Les Jardins de La Gonave, such a fun and impactful evening!

Roots of Development’s 6th Annual Connecticut Bike & Walk and Healthy Alternative Event

Pump up your tires and lace up those walking shoes! It’s time for the Annual CT Bike & Walk!

This year’s event will help support a 12-month leadership training and capacity building seminars in La Gonave, Haiti run by CDECH, Haiti’s leadership facilitator in affiliation with Roots’ community partner, APDAG. These are areas identified by the community as priorities toward their development progress. Consistent with Roots of Development’s mantra, “Development without Dependency,” these skills, including bookkeeping practices, organizational structuring techniques, problem solving, and much more, will further equip the community in La Gonave to manage its own development. Nurturing independence is what makes Roots of Development different from charities and other organizations. That means that every dollar you fundraise as a rider, or donate to a participant, is not only making a short-term difference, but having a long-term impact. Please help us reach our goal!

 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.

 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:


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

Roots of Development 2014 Island Party: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What: Roots of Development’s 2014 Island Party


Hillyer Art Space

9 Hillyer Ct NW,

Washington, DC

(Dupont Circle- North exit)

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014     6PM – 830PM

Tickets: No Charge, admission by invitation only.


As we kick off another exciting year for Roots of Development, we want to celebrate with all who have helped make our success possible. This Island Party is an opportunity for Roots of Development to thank our core team of supporters and to celebrate the Caribbean culture we all love. Join us as we escape the winter cold with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind opportunities and items, Special Guest Speakers and other fun activities set to live music on the steel drums.

Coming in from out of town? We recommend the following hotel:

The Henley Park Hotel

926 Massachussetts Avenue NW.

Washington D.C. 20001, USA

(202) 638-5200