By Laura Medina
Dr. John F Sessa
Dr. John F. Sessa isn't a medical doctor, but a PhD. in Doctorate of Business Administration concentrating in International Business and Global Finance from Argosy University with a big heart of gold.
When he's not working as a business and marketing analyst Elite International Partners, a Venture Capital firm with global projects, John volunteers for Organics of Chicago (www.organicsofchicago.org), a non-profit that works with growing healthy neighborhoods, lives and lifestyles through the best of green innovation and social responsibility. He also volunteers for StopYulinForever.org (www.stopyulinforever.org), a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival forever in China.
Which led him to be the Executive Director of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and co-founder of Vanderpump Pets with Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd and is currently work on the release of the documentary The Road to Yulin (2017), which is Dr. Sessa’s directorial, writing and producing debut.
His with Vanderpump Pets, in turn, lead him to Haiti and it's earthquake orphans.
Paraphasing him, it's been seven years since the Haiti Earthquake and there are a generation of kids who never grew up with flipping on a switch for electricity. Yes, being with Vanderpump Pets to rescue to the dogs. But, it bring him to a bigger awareness, the orphans.
This had John form Today's Promises, with The Mission Light Church of Life in Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, the Mission Light Church led by the Estiverne family of Haiti established an orphanage for children who were in various distressed situations. Most of the children had either lost their parents during the earthquake or were abandoned by their relatives as they could not care for them.
This past Sunday, John used his Hollywood entertainment connections to raise fund at a pool party silent auction party.
The fundraisers’ sponsors were The Abbey, Crumble Catering and Events, Setting Entertainment, and Unbreakable Performance Center.
There's an organization that offers dream trips to raise funds for charity.
There's an auction house to offer rare memorabilia and jewelry to bid on, also to raise money for charity.
Despite being a incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization, as recently as seven months, Today's Promises got the ball rolling as quickly as possible, plus they don't want the children of Haiti to be forgotten as they were seven years ago.
Currently the children are being housed in rented accommodations.
The rental is in a very poor area with no electricity or running water. The short- term goal of Today’s Promises is to move the children to a new rental that provides the basic human needs. This new rental is in a secured environment and has clean running water, electricity, room for a garden and a chicken coop. Phase 2 of the project is to build a community for the children that would meet all their needs and provide peace and serenity daily. Today’s Promises has identified a piece of land where a permanent shelter for the children will be built. The home will be complete with a children’s dormitory, medical facility, school, church, auditorium, cafeteria and a small farm for growing vegetables and rearing chickens for food and protein.