Wings Over Haiti Soars Once Again

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Jonathan Glynn, a Sag Harbor artist and pilot, with some of the children he has helped with his organization Wings Over Haiti. Courtesy photo

The 4th annual “Hamptons Artists for Haiti” benefit bash will take place at East Hampton Airport on Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott on Saturday, August 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The honorary committee includes Donna Karan, Patricia Arquette, Eric Fischl, Maria Bello, Molly Channing and Emily Wickersham.

The benefit raises funds to help Sag Harbor artist and pilot Jonathan Glynn and his “Wings Over Haiti” team continue expanding their second school in Haiti, which earlier this year opened its doors to 51 students, on the way to educating 400 students. Proceeds from this benefit will go to building more classrooms, and give the kids of Ranquitte, Haiti, an education for which there is currently no access.

The first school was built by “Wings Over Haiti” in 2010, in the capital of Port au Prince, after Haiti was ravaged by a terrible earthquake. Jonathan Glynn was one of the first private pilots to bring medical supplies to remote areas of the country. He and his team then built the first school, which now has over 200 students and is growing a grade every year. The students get two meals a day and medical attention, which they wouldn’t get if not for the school.

“You have to feed the kids first. Only then you can feed their minds,” said Glynn.

Fittingly, the “Wings Over Haiti” event will be held at the East Hampton Airport, on Daniels Hole Road in East Hampton, spread over three airplane hangars. It will feature a silent art auction of paintings, photographs and sculptures by over 30 East End artists, curated by Coco Myers of Folioeast.

There will be an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, CBD cocktails and music by DJ Gian Carlo. Airplanes will be on display. There will be plenty of free parking available.

Tickets are $175 in advance at wingsoverhaiti.net and $195 at the door and are tax deductible. This is a family-friendly event, and all are welcome. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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