Come to the ‘Cabaret’ on Sunday

Micheline Van Hautem will perform an evening of French Cabaret at Round Hill Community Church on June 23.

Micheline Van Hautem will perform an evening of French Cabaret at Round Hill Community Church on June 23.

Back by popular demand, international singing sensation Micheline Van Hautem will return to Round Hill Community Church to perform an evening of French Cabaret on Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m.

Following the concert, there will be a reception featuring Cabaret wines, cheese and chocolates. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Mission Granbois in Haiti.

Ms. Van Hautem, born and raised in Ghent, Belgium, stepped into the world of music 15 years ago, armed with only her voice and her guitar. Her first stop was New York City, a melting pot of inspiring nationalities and cultures. To set her apart from other performers, she sang songs primarily in French, in particular Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. It wasn’t long before she found herself performing sold-out concerts in Manhattan.

Mission Granbois is a charitable program led by Margarett Alexandre for the benefit of the village in Haiti where she was raised until the age of five. Ms. Alexandre, a single mother of two teenagers, teaches nursing at Suffolk Community College on Long Island, while studying for her Ph.D. in nursing at CUNY in New York City.

Originally, Mission Granbois was funded solely through the efforts of the Alexandre family, who, years ago began helping children in the area meet their educational expenses. From these humble beginnings, Ms. Alexandre and her family were able to initiate a program to provide meals to village children, and begin “Kids for Kids,” an initiative that provides goats to older children and single mothers to raise, sell and redistribute offspring to others. Most recently, Ms. Alexandre was able to take advantage of an unusual opportunity to have the Haitian Health Department build a clinic in Granbois, which was completed in January 2012, on land donated by the Alexandres. It serves a geographic area of 10 square-miles and approximately 10,000 residents with two nurses and support staff. There is little in the way of medicines and other needed health items or services in Granbois. Ms. Alexandre remains active in the village, traveling to Haiti seven to eight times each year to teach nursing. She will be at the Cabaret on June 23 to provide additional information on Mission Granbois and to answer any questions.

The Round Hill Community Church is supporting a clean water program for Granbois that utilizes gravity-fed ceramic filters in plastic buckets that cost about $35 each. They clean out cholera and other bacteria and are one of the most efficient ways of raising health outcomes, especially for small children. Cabaret tickets are $45, cash or check at the door. Seating is limited. To reserve seats, call the church office at 203-869-1091 or visit

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