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Volume 4, Issue 91  |  November 12, 2019


Reception honors Ed Olen’s Sobier Photo Project in Haiti

On Sunday, Aug. 24, Amy and Marshall Senk graciously held an outdoor reception at their exquisite Shorecliffs home in Corona del Mar with stunning ocean views, to honor photographer Ed Olen and his Sobier Photo Project in Haiti in conjunction with The Heart of Hollywood Foundation.

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Ed Olen with one of his Sobier photographic portraits 

Since 2012, Olen has traveled to Haiti on yearly mission trips. For the past five years, the organization has focused on the village of Sobier, which wasn’t damaged much by the 2010 earthquake, but is one of the poorest Haitian villages. Along the way, Olen leaned on his photography talents to put together the makings of an art collection of the personalities of the Haitian people, mixed with many of the symbols of U.S. capitalism, creating striking images that demand attention and evoke reaction.

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Ed Olen with Amy Senk, reception hostess and Stu News Newport columnist

“This village is among the most ravaged we’ve seen in Haiti,” Olen said. “It’s third world poverty 75 minutes from Miami. They have no electricity, no running water, no stores, no malls and no internet. They have almost no access to the world around them.”

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Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce with wife Gina

The Heart of Hollywood Foundation constructed a medical clinic for the community. According to Olen, “Now we want to focus on sponsoring a weekly clinic that would include a doctor, nurse and a dentist. We want to focus on bringing water to their community.”

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Doug McClain, senior vice president & chief marketing officer of Newport Beach & Company and Jon Curci, Realtor – McKnown Weinstein Associates

Olen’s art collection of photographs, currently on display at Newport Beach Central Library through September 6, is not to be missed.

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Melissa Jacobi, Dine Newport Beach, with her husband Jason Jacobi and Wendy Clark

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A magnificent ocean view from the Senk residence

If you are interested in donating to the Sobier Photo Project, visit www.sobierphotoproject.com.

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