Pop star Jason Derulo held a fundraiser for his Just For You Foundation in Beverly Hills this past Thursday with the theme “Heart of Haiti”. The singer has emphasized that the mission of the nonprofit is to (among other other goals) help promote education, safe housing, and health in the US and globally. Derulo, who was born in Miami to Haitian parents, has visited Haiti several times. Earlier this year, he traveled to the island motherland to film a music video. Like many Haitian-Americans in the spotlight, he tries to use his notoriety to bring positive stories about Haiti in the media.
Jason and his team had a custom-made favor done to represent the theme of the gala.
Here is Jason addressing the crowd.
The singer donned an elegant tuxedo for the event.
Among those in the audience were actors Jean-Pierre Vertus, Sean Penn, Garcelle Beauvais, performers Mikaben (who came directly from Haiti especially for the event), Shaggy, and Tyler Hubbard. Derulo is seen posing below with Penn, Garcelle, and Hubbard.
In an interview with Forbes magazine, Derulo that President Donald Trump’s alleged comments about Haiti being a s_hole was what motivated him to focus on the island. He further states that visiting the island to get a first-hand view of what actor-activist Sean Penn was doing in the mid-2010s through his JP Haro organization also inspired him.
This past August, the singer attended the Blockchain Conference, a conference for the future through philanthropy and technology.
To visit the Just For You Foundation, and see how you can help Jason Derulo and his team achieve the aims of the foundation, .
Photos: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Derulo Family