Bid now on one seat in Donna Karan's private plane for a weekend trip to Haiti this fall on a humanitarian trip with Ben Stiller.
Donna is truly passionate about the future of Haiti and we wanted to share her thoughts:
For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.
We know that a trip with Donna Karan to a place this is such an intrinsic part of her life today, will truly be a life changing experience. Donna is visiting Haiti each month and truly is learning the country on a very intimate basis. Her donation to the RFK Center shows her support for their wonderful work on the ground in Haiti but is also a showcase truly into how she views design potential tomorrow. Accompanied by Ben Stiller and other notables, this is an experience not to be missed. The guest list for the working trip in which a true tour of the wonderful work being accomplished in Haiti will be part of the intinerary is still being finalized and will occur after Mr. Stiller finishes his Broadway performance in the fall of 2011.
Donated By: Donna Karan