Haiti Takes Root

By Sotheby's

With his J/P Haitian Relief Organization, actor and activist Sean Penn has made a mission of providing ongoing aid to the island nation. Sotheby’s and Creative Artists Agency are proud to support the next step in the humanitarian non-profit’s efforts to rebuild Haiti.

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Co-hosts David Geffen, Bryan Lourd, and Sean Penn are convening artists, leaders of tech and industry, and luminaries from the humanitarian aid world to support reforestation and a rebuilt Haiti. This benefit dinner will offer world class fine art, once-in-a-lifetime experiential lots, and an intimate musical performance with proceeds benefiting a stronger Haiti.  We have compiled a curated selection of items including works from Ed Ruscha, Deborah Kass, Henry Taylor, Thomas Houseago and Jonas Wood, to special experiences with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Noma’s René Redzepi.

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In the days immediately following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, J/P HRO was founded to assist in the country’s recovery. This disaster killed 300,000 people in 30 seconds and left two million people homeless. Our organization, which is now over 95 Haitian, has created real change by responding quickly to the needs on the ground. Every year, however, hundreds of thousands still face famine and homelessness from droughts and hurricanes caused by a complex history of deforestation and poverty.    

As we look to the future, J/P HRO will work to break the cycle of generational poverty and deforestation, by supporting those that are the most vulnerable, yet the least responsible for climate change. To that end, our organization is working with the governments of Haiti, France, the World Bank and others. We are poised to create real change in agriculture, forest cover, and overall environmental resilience for Haiti, while at the same time continuing our original mandate.    

With time, Haiti will become more integral to the global economy. This is change that you will be able to see, touch, taste, and wear in markets and retailers across the world. Haiti is not looking for a hand-out; it is looking for partners and collaborators that can work hand-in-hand to realize a greener, more sustainable country. This great country will not be defined by an earthquake, hurricane, or poverty. Instead, Haiti’s difficult history will be overcome by the will of its people and with the attention and support of a compassionate world.     

Haiti is taking root.    

Sean Penn 
Founder and Chairman of the Board 
J/P Haitian Relief Organization


A curated selection of items including artworks from Ed Ruscha, Deborah Kass, Thomas Houseago, to special VIP experiences at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix to Noma’s René Redzepi.

Works can be previewed at Sotheby's New York from 1–5 May.

Complete listing of auction items will be online beginning 25 April.

5 May, 2017 at 6:30PM (ET)
1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

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