Charity Gala Supports Medical Missions to Haiti and Sustainable Solutions to Meet the Needs of Impoverished

The C14 Foundation will hold a fundraising “Gladiators and Goddesses” masquerade ball to support efforts geared toward empowerment for those without access to healthcare, clean water, sustainable food sources

The C14 Foundation Gala raises funds to support charity efforts, like those of the Blue Sky Surgical Team, that focus on developing and applying sustainable solutions to unmet basic needs around the world. (Photo: Business Wire)

MALVERN, Pa.--()--The C14 Foundation announced this week that its large-scale fundraising costume party will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 9pm to 2am at The Filmore in Philadelphia. The party historically draws approximately 3,000 attendees. Guests who attend the joyous festivities go all-out with theme regalia, high fashion, and masquerade costumes. This year’s theme is “Gladiators and Goddesses.” A top DJ will play the latest club music amid lively Las Vegas-style entertainment, while guests compete for best costume and best dancer awards. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for a donation of $125. All party proceeds will go towards The C14 Foundation’s various charities. For 2019, the Foundation has selected four charities that will benefit from the 2019 gala: St Jude Clinic (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Blue Sky Surgical (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), and Soilless Agriculture Project (India and Haiti).

The C14 Foundation’s 2019 charity efforts are geared to cultivate sustainability and empowerment

Medical Missions to Haiti

The C14 Foundation’s medical mission teams to Haiti are made possible through the Blue Sky Surgical Team and the St Jude Clinic outside of Port-au-Prince in an effort to help “fill the gap” in a nation that has no formal healthcare system or infrastructure. “All teams are composed of volunteer doctors, surgeons, specialists, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists and nurses from the US who, free of charge, bring high-quality care to patients who would otherwise suffer and probably die,” reports Foundation founder, Martina Molsbergen Tamaro.

St Jude Clinic (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Primary care doctor teams of 12-14 volunteers from the US treat more than 1,000 patients each week at no cost to patients, with teams on the ground four times a year at the St Jude Clinic in Haiti providing much needed life saving medicines to patients who cannot afford them.

Blue Sky Surgical (Croix de Bouquet, Haiti)

Adult and pediatric surgeons and nurses and specialty care teams of 20-25 volunteers from the US save many lives by conducting between 100–110 on-site surgeries per visit, which are performed free of charge at the Double Harvest Clinic, collaborating with other teams visiting every two weeks each year.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) provides collaborative community healthcare for women minorities. NBNA is a nonprofit organization of 150,000 African-American nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses. NBNA’s cornerstone continues to be to improve the health of African Americans through the provision of culturally competent healthcare services in community-based health programs. NBNA has also supported the FSIL School of Nursing in Haiti and helped to sponsor missions by NBNA members to Haiti and the Benin Republic.

Soilless Agriculture Project (India and Haiti)

Many soils throughout the world are depleted of nutrients from overcultivation. The global agriculture workforce is shrinking as fewer young people around the world choose farming as a vocation. Traditional methods are yielding insufficient harvests and placing an overabundance of negative externalities on the environment. Additionally, increasing population pressures on world resources include more competition for fresh water. Agriculture uses up to 70% of the world’s fresh water supply, often inefficiently. The OECD projects that by 2030 nearly half of the world’s population will live under “water stress” with uncertain water access.*Combine those increased pressures with climate change, rising temperatures, more prevalent and persistent droughts, and reduced water availability in an increasing number of countries, and already stressed communities will most certainly be facing more serious problems ahead,” explains Molsbergen. “Prospects for growing enough food to sustain our expanding societies is troubling. Hence, taking plants out of soil may hold the key to sustainable food production systems.”

Modern agriculture techniques can change the poverty equation: With growing world population pressures and water demands, The C14 Foundation aims to equip and train poor farmers with new and modern methods to produce safe, consistent, high-quality food throughout the entire year. Two important techniques for ensuring sustainability are proving to be hydroponics and aquaponics: growing plants without soil. These techniques may hold the key to self-supportable food production systems for our entire planet in the future.

The C14 Foundation intends to build out hydroponics and greenhouse facilities and infrastructure in which to teach and train poor farmers in India and Haiti about state-of-the-art agriculture techniques. It will create reliable, sustainable, and stand-alone power and water sources for these facilities. Farmers will be permitted to rent out portions of the facilities at a nominal fee for growing and harvesting their crops. The C14 Foundation will form a network and provide a vehicle and means for farmers to sell hydroponically grown foods on the world stage.

About The C14 Foundation: Helping the poorest of the poor

The C14 Foundation is a nonprofit private organization (operating under the IRS statutes of code 501c3) founded by Martina Molsbergen Tamaro in 2018 with the sole mission of serving the poorest of the poor by cultivating substantive methods and ideas that drive lasting solutions for meeting the basic needs of food, water, good health, and shelter. Not only does The C14 Foundation fund humanitarian projects directly, it oversees them closely to ensure their success. The Foundation also troubleshoots and builds successful and reproducible working program models that can be replicated by others. The C14 Foundation targets regions with severe malnutrition and insufficient social remedies. For more information, please visit our website at:

About the charity gala

• General Admission: $127.50 donation

• Tickets available through Ticketmaster:

• Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

• Time: 9pm- 2am

• Location: The Filmore, 29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

• Costume ball theme: Gladiators and Goddesses

• Parking: Generous on-site parking at The Filmore

• Cash Bar: Must be 21 years or older to attend

*Reference: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. “OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030.” OECD. Accessed 26 Mar. 2019.


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Martina Molsbergen Tamaro