Haitian Community Organization (HCO)

The Haitian Community Organization (HCO) has been a gathering place for Haitians across Chicagoland to celebrate and to promote culture, music, and community through its annual festival on the 4th of July .  Its modest beginnings since 1991 met the important need to gather together for the sake of community to raise funds in behalf  of  underserved students and their families. It is an opportunity for Haitians throughout Chicagoland to connect with other Haitians and other cultures. In the last decades, this celebration has grown exponentially. The Festival is known throughout Chicago and the north suburbs as a celebration of Chicago’s diversity and the solid entertainment content has made it a popular annual pastime bringing families together. Not only does the festival feature live musical and dance performances, but there are also lively soccer and tennis matches with a strong emphasis on youth participation. Community members can learn about the many ways in which the Haitian influence has permeated Chicago and the United States, and how to experience these culturalisms first hand through music, dance, and food. This project will benefit all the Evanston community students, especially those who are in need of extra support.  Any access funds from donation received on the July 4th Festival will be used for our next community event "Kids Going Back To School" in August.

I grew up in a household where education was instill in my siblings and me as a pivotal part of being successful in life.  Providing support for children and their families to achieve success is at the heart of what I believe.   

I am always appreciative for the support I receive from sponsors, business community and local leaders.  I will be extremely grateful to be able to support the children, especially this year since the Pandemic has had a devastating impact on all of us.

Help us to reach Our Goals. 

July 4, 2022  (10:00 am - 10:00 pm)                                    
James Park Evanston                                    
Oakton St & Dodge Ave.                                                            
Evanston, IL 60202                                                                      

Haitian Community Organization (HCO)
Gerald Daye, President
email:    [email redacted]
Phone:  1.773.226.4996

Mail your donations to:
Haitian Community Organization (HCO) / Gerald Daye
P. O. Box 5464
 Evanston, IL 60204


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Haitian Community Organization (HCO) (HCO)
Evanston, IL

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