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Universal Learning Centre to Host Second Annual Gala in Phoenix, Arizona



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Universal Learning Centre to Host Second Annual Gala in Phoenix, Arizona


Not-for-Profit Organization to Celebrate the 2014 “Courage in Learning”
Award Winner at Fundraiser Gala October 11, 2014

Phoenix, AZ. August 19, 2014 – 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 second annual Fundraiser Gala, “Courage in Learning,” on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

The Phoenix Gala will celebrate Universal Learning Centre’s commitment to learning through adversity and present the 2014 winner of the Courage in Learning Award. Money raised from this event will help continue the work at the organization’s current locations and support the strategic plan for additional learning centers.

Believing everyone deserves an education, Universal Learning Centre (ULC) builds and sustains learning centers in developing nations. The organization opened its first site December 2009 in Haiti, one month prior to the devastating earthquake. ULC now operates three centers in Haiti, all of which are the first of their kind in their communities.

“The province of Quebec has provided over 25,000 books to our three successful learning centers in Haiti,” said Paul D. Hopkins, chair of the board of directors, Universal Learning Centre. “These learning centers are the first for the Haitian towns of Pilate, Ouanaminthe and Ferrier.

“I have now been to Haiti three times, and have personally witnessed what these centers are providing for their communities,” continued Hopkins. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share with the Phoenix Gala attendees what everyday donations and support have accomplished.”

ULC Founder Jacques Jean will also attend this event. Born in Haiti, Jacque Jean experienced limited advances in education, healthcare and poverty alleviation. For example, the country’s lack of infrastructural development makes it difficult for children born today to become digitally connected with the world. ULC members believe education is a powerful tool that can lift marginalized adults and children out of poverty.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, West Building 211AB, 100 N 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004. A silent auction and cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner, presentations and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased for this event at Ticket prices for individuals are $110.00 and tables of ten are $990.00.

Those unable to attend the Phoenix Gala can donate or learn more about Universal Learning Centre by visiting or calling toll free 888-418-1181 or local 602-535-2363.


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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