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The Passing Notes will perform at the Lamp for Haiti Gala. COURTESY NOREEN CONNOLLY

This year’s gala that benefits Lamp for Haiti, a community-based medical clinic in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest neighborhoods in that country, will feature Montclair High School a cappella group Passing Notes. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. at  www.biddingforgood.com/lampforhaiti/HealthandHope.

The a cappella group has performed at the gala before, but this is the first time they have done a digital performance. 

The group worked together on Zoom for six weeks, after which nine singers submitted films of themselves singing. Senior Bobby Axelrod, who co-leads the group with senior Destiny David, collected the clips and gave them to Lamp for Haiti’s director of development, Cheryl Marshall-Petricoff.

“The magic of technology will bring the performance to what we hope is a large audience,” Marshall-Petricoff said.  

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Haitian culture and art will also be represented, by famed Haitian drummer Gaston “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste. 

Lamp for Haiti closed for only three weeks in March, using the time to prepare for thorough virus prevention procedures to go along with its mission of food distribution.

The Lamp has distributed thousands of face masks and has increased its weekly health education sessions to keep the community safe. Consequently, the need for financial support has never been greater.

A silent auction will open on Sept. 17, and end at the close of the gala on Sept. 24.

 “Organizations like the Lamp are crucial for bringing together communities of the caring to support people like the residents of [the poor neighborhood] of Bwa Nef in Haiti,” Lamp co-founder Dr. James Morgan said. “They have suffered more than most in these trying times.”