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Fundraising Gala, Dinner & Dance Show to be held in Tucson, Arizona on November 16, 2013 to benefit Universal Learning Centre

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Fundraising Gala, Dinner & Dance Show to be held in Tucson, Arizona on November 16, 2013 to benefit Universal Learning Centre

[TUCSON, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 29, 2013] Universal Learning Centre (, a not-for-profit organization that builds and sustains library learning centers in developing nations, invites the community to attend the organization’s upcoming Fundraiser Gala with dinner, dancing and a dance performance.

The Gala will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, November16, 2013. A cocktail reception and silent auction featuring Haitian street art will begin at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, dancing and a dance performance, courtesy of the Sonoran Ballroom Academy. Every dollar raised from the event will benefit ULC. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

”In Haiti, my birthplace, there haven’t been notable advances made in education, healthcare or poverty alleviation during my existence so far. Haitian children born today are not being raised into a digitally connected world because of a lack of infrastructural development. ULC members share a common belief that everyone deserves an education–that powerful tool enabling marginalized adults and children to lift themselves out of poverty,” said Dr. Alex Westerband, ULC Board of Directors’ Vice Chair, of Tucson, Arizona.

Having opened its first site in December 2009, a month prior to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Universal Learning Centre now has three successfully operating centers, all of which are the first of their kind in their communities. The organization recently opened its first computer and media lab at its largest site in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, and is now working to provide more consistent electricity to the lab.

To donate, or to learn more about Universal Learning Centre, visit or call (480) 273-0404.


About Universal Learning Centre:

Universal Learning Centre (ULC) was founded in 2005 by Jacques M. Jean, his wife, Dana, and a small but passionate board of directors. A Haitian native, Mr. Jean stepped into a library for the first time in his life at age 18 and had a transformational experience. From that point on, his personal mission, and later that of the organization, became providing similar educational resources and learning opportunities to people in developing nations. The organization currently has sites in Pilate, Ferrier and Ouanaminthe, Haiti and in support of its strategic plan, the board, staff and volunteers are working on plans for sites in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

ULC is a section 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on how you can help, visit

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