The Hamptons is the ideal summer destination for many of the rich and famous, but this past weekend it became the ideal location to benefit Cit� Soleil in Haiti–the poorest region in the Western hemisphere.
WeAdvance.org, founded by actress, Maria Bello, along with GlobalDirt.org and Plum Hamptons Magazine hosted Hamptons For Haiti event in East Hampton, New York on Sunday.
Bello, who will star in the new NBC series, “Prime Suspect”, this fall founded the organization after the devistating earthquake that hit the region in 2010.
“The women in Haiti were really lacking in healthcare right after the earthquake.” Bello told Zap2It. “Most of these women had never been to a gynecologist so I thought I have to do something.”
Her efforts inspired some famous friends such as Patricia Arquette, Liev Schrieber, and
Mariska Hargitay to get involved.
“I went to this healthcare clinic in haiti and was really amazed by the work they did there.” Said Arquette. “I wanted to do something”
Having some famous names involved with the event didn’t hurt either. Along with VIP gift bags filled with everything from Christopher Fischer Cashmere to Dior cosmetics, there was also an auction which included items such as a three-night trip to Haiti with Maria Bello as well as a visit to the “Prime Suspect” set and a visit to “NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” set with actress Mariska Hargitay.
All the proceeds from the event went towards establishing the first ever ambulance service in Cit� Soleil and on going efforts in Haiti.
For further information about getting involved please visit www.weadvance.org or www.globaldirt.org.
Christy Smith contributed to this report.