Michael Capponi + Donna Karan Host Bash Benefiting ‘Haiti Empowerment Mission’
Michael Capponi, one of Miami’s most respected hospitality entrepreneurs and humanitarians, celebrated his 40th birthday with a massive fundraising party. The soirée, held on Friday at Capitale, benefitted his non-profit organization the Haiti Empowerment Mission; the foundation provides quality education, diverse vocational training and job creation to the community of Jacmel.
Mr. Capponi and the evening co-host, Donna Karan, treated VIPS including Maria Bello, Fern Mallis, and Peri Callimanopulos and guests to a carnaval themed bash; an art exhibition by Peter Tunney and Philippe Dodard; and a silent auction, held during the VIP reception, which included paintings, sculptures, one of a kind experiences and fashion.
VIP tables were adorned with vibrant papier mâché butterfly masks while party-goers noshed on authentic Haitian cuisine and enjoyed libations from Marquis Vodka; viewed colorful dancers and listened to Caribbean sounds from an authentic Haitian band. The dancers wore dresses with bright yellows, purples and blue accents and played instruments that looked as if they were handmade from silver and copper. The affair also featured a DJ set from DJ Jus-Ske, who kept the crowd dancing until the early morning hours. It evening also included a performance from Melky Jean with her sidekick Donna Karan who joined the singer on stage.
A slide show also showcased the changes the Haiti Empowerment Mission has made to the island of Haiti, with Michael Capponi speaking about the importance of bringing life back to Haiti especially after the devastating 2010 earthquake as it played. Capponi, also expressed his gratitude towards Karan for her continued support. Karan, in turn danced playfully with an Haitian mask and thanked everyone who was involved and passionately told the crowd that donations from the evening would change the lives of the people of Jacmel forever.
The evening atmosphere was a union of people who cared about the cause and wanted to celebrate the fantastic culture. — Lorna Solano and Tania Jen