Star-Studded Fundraiser Raises $1.2 Million in Support of Artists for Peace and Justice

Dame Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon and More Attend BOVET Sponsored Event During Toronto International Film Festival


Pascal Raffy with Dame Helen Mirren and APJ Founder Paul Haggis


New York, NY (September 15, 2015) – The annual Artists for Peace and Justice(APJ) Fundraiser Festival Gala presented by BOVET 1822 raised an impressive $1.2 Million. Held at the majestic Casa Loma during the Toronto International Film Festival, the event was co-hosted by an influential team, including BOVET 1822 Owner Pascal Raffy, APJ Founder Paul Haggis, Dame Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, and George Stroumboulopoulos. Thanks to the extraordinary support of Bovet 1822, APJ is able to give 100 percent of every dollar raised directly to supporting health, dignity and education initiatives in Haiti.

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Susan Sarandon with Father Rick Frechette


Pascal Raffy with George Stroumboulopoulos

Some of the evening’s most recognizable faces lined the red carpet, including Win Butler and Regine Chassagne from the band Arcade Fire, Grammy-Award-nominated American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, and photographer Moby, Slaight Music performing artist Tomi Swick, reality star and philanthropist Sophie Tweed-Simmons, ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey, and actors Gisella Marengo, Gabriella Wright, Madalina Ghenea, and Jimmy Jean-Louis.
The partnership between BOVET 1822 and APJ began in early 2012, and in late 2013, BOVET 1822 Owner Pascal Raffy committed to donate $1 million per year to APJ’s educational efforts in Haiti, including the Academy for Peace and Justice. Immediately following the 2010 earthquake. APJ purchased land and constructed Haiti’s largest and first free high school, the Academy for Peace and Justice, which serves the poorest and most deserving youth in Port-au-Prince. Since that time, APJ has provided over 2,000 underprivileged children with the opportunity to continue their education beyond the sixth grade. Growing by 400 students each year, the Academy will reach 2,800 students at full capacity in 2016.


The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott acted as theatrical live auction hosts, helping to sell extraordinary items for impressive sums in support of the cause. Paul Haggis, Academy-Award-winning filmmaker and APJ founder gratefully stated, “With the generous donations from our supporters, we are proud to recognize the first-ever graduating class from the APJ Academy, a true testament to our organization’s commitment to educating Haitian children and providing them the life skills they need to thrive in their own communities.”

On this beautiful evening guests were treated to a surprise performance by the Grammy-Award-nominated American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, and photographer Moby. Slaight Music artist Tomi Swick also entertained the crowd with his Juno-Award-winning rock music.


Left to Right: Father Rick Frechette, Dame Helen Mirren, Pascal Raffy, Paul Haggis, and Moby

Dame Helen Mirren presented founding APJ board member Susan Sarandon with the inaugural Artists for Peace and Justice Award. Sarandon graciously accepted her reward and commended the cause shared by APJ and BOVET 1822, stating, “APJ allows people to preserve their culture and use their imagination.”


After heartfelt words from APJ CEO David Belle recognizing the generosity of Pascal Raffy and the House of BOVET 1822 for donating 1 million dollars a year to the cause, Mr. Raffy informed the audience that “It is not for the benefit of my house but the future of the children. We should never be ashamed of wealth and success, enjoy it, but it is also our duty to give back. I applaud the true gentlemen and ladies who have joined us in making a difference.”

About Bovet 1822

Founded in 1822, the House of Bovet has for almost two centuries occupied a mastery position in the world of fine watchmaking. Since Pascal Raffy’s acquisition of Bovet 1822 in 2001, the charity endeavors undertaken by Bovet have been exclusively devoted to children and education. Four years ago a relationship emerged between Paul Haggis and Pascal Raffy through Bovet’s support of the actions of Artists for Peace and Justice in aiding children in need in Haiti. Becoming immersed in these efforts Bovet, officially continues their commitment and dedication to the children through a long-term partnership with Artists for Peace and Justice, which began this year.

About Artists for Peace and Justice

Founded by filmmaker Paul Haggis, Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. APJ’s immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The organization is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. The model is simple: APJ believes in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. APJ is based in New York; David Belle serves as its CEO.