Contestants for the Best Cultural Outfit competition walk the stage at the Haitian American Nurses Association's annual cultural night on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi

MIAMI —The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Florida hosted its ninth annual cultural night at Miami Dade College earlier this month to raise funds for communities in Haiti and in Immokalee and Fort Myers, Florida. 

The Oct. 1 event held at the Miami Dade College North Campus featured a rendition of the Eddie Murphy hit movie “Coming to America” – with a “Haitian twist” – written by pastor, Naphis Petit-Bel. Other highlights included a dance routine by Manoucheka Luma, a poem performed by Poetic Lakay and a fashion show by Mimi’s BoutiQ

HANA says it is still totaling funds from the event, but drew more than $600 from the raffle alone. Next week, HANA will go to Immokalee to deliver care packages and clothes and perform medical check-ups for the Haitian members of that southwestern Florida community. 

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.