In its fourth consecutive year, on Sunday, July 15th, Strike for Education charity bowl brought celebrities out to bowl alongside the community for the better good of kids in Haiti.
The 2018 benefit-event for Haiti included celebrity guests-bowlers such as Media Maven Karen Civil, San Francisco 49ers Pierre Garcon, Black Ink Crew’s Flyy Tatted Sky, Minnesota Vikings Mackensie Alexander, Indianapolis Colts Darius Butler, BET’s Jessie Woo, Singers Melky Jean, Olivier Duret, Paul Beaubrun, and many more.
Bowling for a cause, Strike for Education has been raising money to help open computer labs throughout the province of Cap Haitien, and after the success of the 2017 tournament this year L’union Suite opened our first lab at College Bell Angelot, where local students have put the computers to good use.
“We started in 2015, where I told some friends and they told some friends and all of a sudden we had raised over $15,000,” gleefully shares innovator Whenda Tima-Gilles. “We get together and we have a blast with some friendly competition and the end result is a new computer resource center,” she continues.
This year’s goal was to double the funds raised in the past to ensure that the students at our new benefiting school Institut Sacré Coeur du Cap-Haitien (ISCCH) are blessed with a new computer lab within the next year.
Hosted by Miami’s 103.5 the beat Stichiz, sponsors included media maven Karen Civil, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon, Royal Decameron Resort Haiti, Proud T-Shirt Company Company, Nazor Creative, Valmas Cremas, Spirit Airlines, Miami Snap Booth, Griot Fest, Toast Vodka, Taste Of Haiti Box and The Whiskey Chick.
The humanitarian effort brought out over 300 attendees with 50+ reserved bowling lanes. The top three highest scoring bowling teams received trophies, 4 round-trip tickets by Spirit Airways, 4 3 day/2 nights vacation packages to Decameron all-inclusive resort in Haiti, Toast Vodka gift box, Toast of Haiti gift boxes and Valmas Cremas.
For four years I've had this dream of creating an event where my friends could come together and raise funds to help change the lives of the next generation. When I started Strike for Education it was a fun way to get people to compete and just really enjoy themselves for a good cause. Our 4th Annual Strike for Education Bowling Tournament surpassed my expectations. We had supporters come from L.A., New York, Haiti, we had football players that joined us from their off season, a Bachelor that came right from the airport, comedians that took a B.E.T. break, the Haitian Basketball Team that came to relax and so many others. — Every year I am so surprised at how many supporters and readers of the blog who want to attend a conscious events that allow them to simply have fun. The atmosphere and ambiance was one of family and unity – that's what L'union Suite is all about a place to come together, learn, laugh and play, while giving back to a greater cause. — Without our sponsors we would not be able to do any of this, sponsorship is vital to the success of any event and we are lucky to have businesses like Royal Decameron, The Whiskey Chick, Spirit Airlines, Team of H.O.P.E., Miami Snap Booth, DJ MDiggy, Taste of Haiti Box, Valmas Cremas, Toast Vodka, Proud Tshirts, Griot Fest and Haiti Pageants on our team helping make this a reality. Celebrity Sponsors like Pierre Garcon, Darius Butler, Karen Civil, Flyy Tatted Sky and Jessie Woo also helped spread the word about how important it is to give back to Haiti. Influencers Melky Jean, Olivier Duret, Mackensie Alexander, Darius Butler, Paul Beaubrun, Frank Kastle, came out to show pure love too. — Our volunteers were awesome and helped to ease the work load tremendously and our host Stichiz just was the icing on the cake. Mix all of that up and you create the most perfect painting of love and change for Haiti in the best way possible. This bowling tournament has grown into a creative world of possibilities – we were able to open our 1st Computer Lab in Cap-Haitien and now we can start working on our 2nd. ❤️ Y’all – @mrswanda — #lunionsuite