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Art & Soul Gala

  • Vassar College Alumnae House 161 College Ave Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604 USA (map)

MARCH 1, 2018
4 PM – 7 PM
Vassar College Alumnae House, Poughkeepsie, NY

6th Annual


Please join us for the sixth annual Art and Soul Gala to benefit sustainable healthcare in Chermaitre, Haiti. Event proceeds fund the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of families from over 40 villages.

Art and Soul will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and cuisine from Poughkeepsie restaurant, Twisted Soul. 

This year we honor Dr. Paul Farmer for his extraordinary achievements in the field of global public health and international social justice. 

(Dr. Farmer will be speaking between 5:00–5:45 PM)

Tickets $75/person
*Limited tickets available. Ticket price includes $50 credit towards art purchase.


Download the full press release here.



for his extraordinary achievements in the field of global public health and international social justice.

Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer


This year, the Vassar Haiti Project will honor renowned physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian, Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, for his extraordinary achievements in the field of global public health and international social justice. 

Dr. Paul Farmer is the co-founder of Partners in Health, a non-profit organization with programs in five continents. He is a humanitarian and physician who is best known for his international work, treating antibiotic-resistant diseases and providing suitable healthcare to rural and underserved areas in developing countries.

In Haiti, Partners in Health is renowned for opening University Hospital in Mirebalais, a 300-bed teaching hospital staffed by local doctors and community health workers. The hospital exemplifies Dr. Farmer’s multidisciplinary model of healthcare and its facilities reflect an emphasis on high-quality healthcare.

Dr. Farmer is the acting Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He serves as U.N. Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on public health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality.

With more than a dozen books published, Dr. Farmer’s latest work, A Path Out of Poverty, stresses the need for aid staff to work in partnership and solidarity with aid recipients, and to stay with the work until complete. 

The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.
— Paul Farmer

To learn more about Dr. Farmer and his work, visit his website:


Thank you to all our sponsors!


The Heart Center

David Silver, Hudson Highlands Prop.

Kirchoff & Companies

Premier Medical Group



CareMount Physicians

CarMount Ob-Gyn

Ingrid Dodard, MD

Richard Friedland, MD and DRA Imaging

Rutberg and Breslow Personal Injury Law

Sunhee Woo, MD and David Cho, MD



Nancy Aronzon and Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD

Nancy Belok and Adam Belok

Lester Bussey, MD

Patrick Chery, MD

Lucinda Franks and Robert Morgenthau

Kimberly Heller, MD and Ira Hochman

Molly and Daniel Katz, MD

Page Park Associates

David Ping Group

Dr. Stella Turk and Dr. Jed Turk, MD

Vassar College

Cleaveland Plumbing and Heating



Mildred Baez and José Baez, MD

Dean Block, MD

Megan Chipkin and Bruce Chipkin, MD

Geraldine Jean, MD

Gravatt Financial

Saba Lugay, DDS and Joseph Lugay

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Daniel Perkes, MD

Barry Pfeifer

Sabina Reyes and Chelen Reyes

Amy Sherman, RN

Joel Treisman

Orthopedic Associates of DC