Farmer to keynote South Shore gala

On April 28, the South Shore Haitians United For Progress (SHUP) will celebrate its Annual Benefit Gala at The Lantana in Randolph. The gala’s keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health. The event will include entertainment by Tabou Combo, Cultural Art Exposition, cocktails, dinner and dancing.

For her efforts in the local and national Haitian community, Dr. Hermide Mercier will be awarded at the gala for providing transportation to the U.S. for children in other countries who do not have access to life-saving cancer treatments. She hosts a weekly radio and TV program for Boston’s Haitian community that centers around various different health topics and issues.

SHUP works to assist Haitian immigrants to access existing social services and create social and educational programs that empower them to be self-sustaining, according to the press release. The group, which was created by a group of Brockton residents in 1997, volunteers to help new Haitian residents south of Boston with employment, housing, health awareness, and advocacy services.

The gala has been locally sponsored by Bay State Gas, Rockland Trust, Crescent Credit Union, HarborOne, Haiti en Couleur Magazine, Fontaine’s Cleaners, Tamboo Bistro, Yoyo Store, Jeano’s Restaurant, Jn Claude Sante, Jn Claude L’or, Bon Appetit Restaurant, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Tyakage and Criolo Cultural Clothing.

For more information about tickets and sponsorship, call Dorly Dossous at 857- 244-5512 or email or Natacha Clerger at 857-249-0196 or by email: