2007 Annual Gala

Lawyer and Doctor Receive COHH Hope Award At Second Annual Gala
Marche Dans La Lumiére – Official Song

November, 2007 (New York). At its Second Annual Gala at The Ballroom at The Prince George Hotel in New York City, COHH presented its Hope Award to a lawyer and a doctor. The Gala was held for the second year to help raise funds for developing and operating an orphanage in Hinche, Haiti for two hundred children. The Hope Award, introduced at the Inaugural Gala, was presented to the honorees in recognition of their contributions to the underprivileged at home and abroad, consistent with the mission of COHH. Several hundred people, from all over the United States and foreign countries attended the Gala, making it another successful evening.

Wolcott B.Dunham, Jr.
Wolcott (“Dick”) Dunham is one of the preeminent insurance industry lawyers in the United States. He is global co-head of the Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Dunham is Chancellor of St. James’ Church and also serves on the St. James’ Partners in Mission Advisory Council, which oversees several programs, including one in which St. James’ parishioners work in two Episcopal parishes on the south coast of Haiti, in cooperation with Maison de Naissance, a maternity center and community health program in Larnage, west of Les Cayes.

“We are very honored to have two Hope Award recipients that have distinguished themselves in their professions and in their commitments to the social and economic well being of the underprivileged in our society,” said Emmanuel St. Juste, Chairman of the Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc.

Dr. Henri R. Paul
Dr. Henri R. Paul was born in Haiti and moved with his family to Chicago at the age of 11. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Illinois-Chicago and his Medical Degree from Ross University in Dominica. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. At the Jersey Shore Medical Center, his respect and devotion was recognized by the hospital and he was presented with the C.A.R.E. award for Caring, Attitude, Respect and Enthusiasm. He pursued his fellowship in Nephrology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Official Song
The highlight of the evening was the introduction of COHH’s official song, Marche Dans La Lumiére (Walk in the Light). The song was adapted by Todd Beaney, the music director at the Rye High School in Rye, New York, who was on hand to play and lead the audience in the singing of the song.