Joe and Rita Domond, parishioners at Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont, continue to honor the memory of their son Jeff who was tragically killed in a car accident at the young age of 22 in 2004. The Domonds, along with other volunteers, bring hope to the people of Haiti via missionary work done through a non-profit foundation they established in Jeff’s name in 2005.
The Jeff Cherubin Domond Foundation provides assistance to the people of Haiti, the Domond’s homeland (both Joe and Rita immigrated to the United States in the 1970s). Since its foundation, the organization has sponsored numerous medical mission expeditions and established education facilities for those often forgotten children and citizens who live in the rural area of Marbial, in southeastern Haiti.
Joe Domond grew up in Marbial, an area known for rivers and farms as well as isolated poverty. With the help of a parish priest, Joe received schooling and opportunities outside of his homeland which “helped to change my life,” he said. Through the foundation, the Domonds are giving back.
Proceeds from the foundation’s upcoming annual fundraiser on Nov. 8 will help continue the mission trips for volunteers — many who are Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners — who donate their time and medical expertise for the cause. Held at a private estate in Claremont, the evening features dinner, dancing, auction and live entertainment. Tickets are $60 a person. For reservations, call (909) 816-7207 or email [email protected] For more information in general, visit www.jeffcdomondfoundation.org.