PHOTO PROVIDED BY NATHAN DION
The Multicultural American Nurses Organization held a fundraiser dinner-dance on Jan. 18 to raise money for the orphanage they have built in Haiti. Shown from the left are Wilson Gedeon, MANO chairman and founder of St. Maries Orphanage; Sarah Surkan, RN; Dr. Mark Asperilla, president; Sheron Daley; Bernadette Hassell, RN; Dr. Stephen Schroering, medical director of partner orphanage New Life Childrens Home In Haiti; Katie Yacklin; Doreen Simmons, RN; Janet Gedeon; and Dr. Ricardo Gauthier.
Many members of the Multicultural American Nurses Organization in Punta Gorda have seen first hand the dire needs of the children in Haiti. They held a dinner-dance Jan. 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda to raise funds for a new orphanage being built in Haiti.
Wilson Gedeon, a cardiac nurse at Peace River Regional Medical Center, decided to build the orphanage after witnessing the devastation in Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake. St. Marie’s Orphanage, in the mountains near Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, is nearly complete.
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