March 2019: Dîner des Anges
The first “DINER DES ANGES” (ANGELS’ DINNER) took place on March 19, 2019 in Los Angeles.
Many guests attended, eager to show support and help us develop our mission with generous donations.
“ 7pm: 225 distinguished guests make their entry to the Famous French restaurant “Le Petit Paris”, which has been especially closed for this private event.
Gala outfits, step and repeat photos, and dinner are on the program. Olivier Minne, a well-known TV host, journalist and author is the Master of Ceremony.
Cocktails in hand, the guests wander around the patio, looking at the various silent auction items and place their silent bids. Those attending are long-time friends as well as perfect strangers sensitive to the cause.
Olivier Minne reminds us all about the mission of the foundation as short films showing our actions in Peru, Haiti and Los Angeles are shared.
A raw moment follows when Thierry humbly shares the tragic event that led to founding this association, and the conviction he and his wife Maïa have shared ever since that a happy childhood for all is a number one priority. Emotions run high among the audience. Nobody is here just "for a cause" anymore, as beautiful as it may be, but for Lou, for Thierry and Maïa, and for all the children who will receive help thanks to them.
The general enthusiasm and desire to give and help rises, right then and there, some of the guests spontaneously offer new prizes to be auctioned live.
Thierry acts as an auctioneer and shows that he is a real natural at this! "$800 for a sunset cruise? $1,500? no, $2,500, sold! ".
All the items are gone in record time.”
In the end, the 225 guests donated $100,000, including the funds from the auctions; more than double what was anticipated! The funds will be distributed over the course of this year and focused on the three main projects at the heart of Tierra's Angels’ mission.
Thank you all for your generosity, your support, and your trust.
Dec 2018: Watts Los Angeles
December 1, 2018. "It might be sunny and warm here in Los Angeles, but Christmas is coming: trees are ready in most homes, some even draped in fake snow, and all are waiting for Santa Claus to come.
But in this poor area of Downtown Los Angeles, Christmas trees are scarce, dangerous gang wars (sometimes deadly) are on everyone’s mind, and Santa Claus doesn’t always find his way here...
Every year, Convoy Of Hope, one of Tierra's Angels’ partners, organizes a big day-long event for the families living in the area, distributing gifts, shoes, food, packed lunches and providing free medical consultations, haircuts, family photo sessions…”
The Angels and their children were there, with more than 300 other volunteers, helping with logistics distributing gifts, meals, shoes, or helping spread awareness in the women wellness tent. That day, a pre-arranged truce with the gang leaders, is a day of celebration and peace. Among the many items distributed, 200 pairs of Tom's shoes, more than 6,000 hot dogs, and countless smiles received in exchange.
Nov 2018: Trip to Haïti
Thierry and I just got back from Haiti…
It was such an emotional trip in so many ways…
We got to spend quite a bit of time with kids from two different orphanages in Port au Prince and Jacmel. We came with heavy loads (six suitcases) of goodies to give away… Thanks to all your donations of clothes, shoes, toys, food, treats, we were able to give all the kids we met a little bit of love and sweetness in the midst of their rough lives! It was so rewarding to see all their happy faces, as all kids' faces should be!
We spent two days in Port au Prince with Convoy of Hope, the non-profit organization we work with in Haiti. They took us to the fields to see their amazing work, meet the farmers, and we also helped them distribute meals to kids in the different schools that are part of their program. We realized how powerful and important their help is in this country.